Pope's blesses NYC

Posted at 6:17 PM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 18:17:17-04

Pope Francis is spending all of 40 hours in New York City, but no doubt making the most of the short visit with several stops on the schedule. 

Extensive security has been in place since before Pope Francis touched down in the big apple.An additional 6,000 cops, 83 city blocks to be shut down totaling around 10 miles of road. 

Friday morning he met with the largest gathering of the United Nations in the organization's 70-year history with the Pontiff's visit to end with a Mass at Madison Square Garden.

Also on the agenda, a prayer service at the 9/11 Memorial at One World Trade in the city and then onto a Papal parade through one of the nation's most iconic parks, Central Park.

"I want the Pope to bless me," said Janett Gonzalez.  "I'm 18 years cancer free and I want many, many more."

Gonzalez and two of her friends got in line outside of Central Park around 3:30 Friday morning to make sure they had a good vantage point when the Pope mobile came rolling through town.  Gonzalez says it's not just about being Catholic, but it's about being a human being. 

"I just think there is a lot of division.  And all he wants to do is unite us.  I think that's exactly what he is doing," said Gonzalez.

Pope Francis will leave New York City for Philadelphia Saturday morning.