Joseph Stamm joined an exclusive group of politicians and other VIPs that were invited to attend the Mass at Madison Square Garden.
Pope Francis scheduled a three day tour of the United States which began September 24, 2015 with visits to Washington D.C. and New York City and then concluded in Philadelphia. His visit to New York City came after he addressed a Joint Session of Congress in Washington.
The highlights of the New York visit were a prayer service at the World Trade Center site and a mass at Madison Square Garden on Sept 25th. The trip was referred to as “A journey of faith through the heart of New York”.
Mr. Stamm was honored to be invited, and attended with New York City’s Public Advocate, Letitia James. He sat in the VIP seats located on the floor of the Garden. Other dignitaries in attendance included New York City Mayor, Bill DeBlasio , New York State Senate Majority Leader, John J. Flanagan, New York State Senator, Marty Golden, New York City Council Member, Dr. Mathieu Eugene, and New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer.
Mr. Stamm described the pageantry, noting that “the Pope arrived in a mini Pope mobile, it was like a papal golf cart, and he drove around the sections of seating on the main floor. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, accompanied the Pope around the floor as the he greeted the people.” Mr. Stamm said it was a very moving experience and was happy to have had the unique opportunity to see and welcome the Pope to NYC. Madison Square Garden with seating capacity of almost 20000 was the perfect location for the Mass.”