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Pope requests to see Statue of Liberty

7 years 6 months 2 days ago Saturday, September 26 2015 Sep 26, 2015 September 26, 2015 11:46 AM September 26, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - Cardinal Timothy Dolan says Pope Francis asked to circle the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on his way out of Manhattan, becoming visibly moved as the helicopter carried him over the sights that greeted millions of immigrants to America.

Dolan had joined the pontiff for his flight out of Manhattan and says Francis asked the pilot to make a detour over New York Harbor. He says Francis told him his native Buenos Aires "was a city of immigrants, too."

Dolan says Francis was "commosso," the Italian word for "moved," by the experience.

The pope was on his way to JFK Airport as he prepared to depart for Philadelphia, the final stop on his first trip to the United States.

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