Hundreds gather to watch the Pope hold mass

Posted at 11:22 PM, Sep 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-27 23:22:54-04

Hundreds of local Catholics brought blankets and chairs to the lawn of the Cathedral of Mary our Queen Sunday to watch the Pope's last mass on U.S. soil.  Organized by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the event was called 'mass on the grass.'  And while Pope Francis wasn't there in person, even gathering to watch him on a giant screen was exciting.

"I just felt like I had to bring my mom out to see the pope speak," said Mary-Rina Scribner.

"I remember when John Paul came to Orioles stadium and I wish I woulda been there for that,” Bill Yurcik said.  “I was not able to be in Philadelphia, so luckily I have some company here today."

"I think it just speaks volumes about how many people are here, how the Holy Father has touched so many hearts this week," said Msgr. Richard Woy with the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

The Pope has had an impact on many people during his visit, but after the "Francis fever" wears off, local Catholics hope his messages stay with the people of Baltimore.

"Especially in Baltimore right now I think it's very important that we learn to treat one another with respect and dignity," Nick Sabatini said.

"He's very inspiring, and has energized everybody, and drawing people back into the faith and it's just amazing how he has touched the lives of so many people in such a short amount of time,” said Christine Santos.

"Really the family is still at the heart of your faith and that you have to take good care of what God has entrusted you with and that mercy and love is still very important to him,” Aimee Regala said.

Her family wore Pope Francis t-shirts, others had Pope flags.  Nearly 500 people came out to celebrate the end of Pope Francis' historic United States visit.   

"Seeing our Pope in the U.S. for the first time was a number one,” said Carol Mullan.