Local residents watch Pope Francis’ speech to Congress

The Pope left Washington, D.C. Thursday afternoon to NYC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Catholic Diocese of Springfield gave the faithful a second chance to watch and hear the Pope’s historic speech to Congress Thursday.

The diocese invited the public to the Bishop Marshall Center in Springfield Thursday night to watch a re-play of the Pope’s address. Dozens of people watched, as Pope Francis touched on several subjects including the abolishment of the death penalty, framed in the context of the Golden Rule.

Fr. Warren Savage of Elms College told 22News, “The Pope is really asking us to make sure that we just don’t dispose of people as a sign of expediency, but to really focus on the need for rehabilitation. The need for hope and the need to just respect the dignity of every person.”

In New York City Friday, the Pope visits the 9/11 memorial museum, addresses the United Nations General Assembly, and holds mass at Madison Square Garden.

22News Reporter Juli McDonald is going to be in New York to updating you throughout the day Friday as the Pope meets New Yorkers. Then, she’ll pass the baton to 22News I-Team Reporter Laura Hutchinson, who will follow him to Philadelphia for the world meeting of families.

Remember to stay with 22News and WWLP.com all this week and this weekend as we continue to cover Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.

If you plan on going to see the Pope, send u your picture through our Report-it Feature.

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