Pope Francis surprised by warmth of Americans and devoutness of the faithful (CNN)
Article posted by CNN on cnn.com by Ben Brumfield on September 28, 2015: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/28/us/pope-trip-wrap-vatican/
Pope Francis has returned to Rome, leaving the United States with "a heart full of gratitude and hope" after a hectic trip.
The Pope packed a lot of hugs, handshakes, blessings and political admonitions into a period of less than a week that took him to the halls of Washington power, the U.N. General Assembly and drew throngs of admirers to hear him celebrate Mass
On the plane back to Rome, he gave reporters his first impression of Americans. The warmth he encountered in the United States surprised him, as well as the varying forms it took in the cities he visited.
"It was a beautiful thing and also different," the Pope said through a translator of Italian. "Washington, the welcome was warm but more formal; New York was a bit exuberant; Philadelphia very demonstrative."
The devoutness of Americans he encountered also touched him. "You could see the people pray, and this struck me a lot," he said
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