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A chair built by immigrants

· ​Awaiting Francis in the United States ·

The chair Pope Francis will use during the Mass at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on 25 September is one of humble wood, but of great symbolic value. It was built in a garage in Westchester County, New York by Fausto Hernández, Héctor Rojas and Francisco Santamaría, three seasonal Hispanic immigrants. Thus the “silla sagrada” has already earned an editorial in the New York Times, precisely as “a symbol of humility, not a throne”, as the three immigrants are keen to point out.

This is but one of the countless preparations being undertaken during the lead-up to Francis’ arrival in the United States. There is great anticipation, as confirmed by the 10,000 volunteers who are already at work preparing for his welcome to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.




St. Peter’s Square

Oct. 19, 2019