The Bowes family of St. Christopher Parish in Northeast Philadelphia received the biggest surprise of their lives — they are going to welcome Pope Francis to Philadelphia when his plane lands here Sept. 26 to begin a historic two-day visit in the city to cap the World Meeting of Families. The Bowes family learned the news by surprise after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at their church Sunday, Sept. 13. Learn about the family in our story here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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Wonderful story and pictures. Especially liked the one of the Monsignor and the family. A true Shepherd with his flock. Can’t wait to see them with Pope Francis. Thanks.