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I hadn't planned on making an effort to see the Pope during his visit, but had casually discussed the possibility with K. Then H posted on Facebook that she had extra tickets, so off we went. Divine intervention? The comparison with Inauguration 2009 was inevitable; this time around the crowds were smaller, we arrived at daybreak instead of in the dark, and the weather was a lot warmer. I was so impressed with all the small fry calmly waiting with books and games; and I was a little shocked at the ladies behind us who didn't want to hear about climate change.

What he saw.

NBC News

What we saw.

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