‘I still can’t believe I got tickets for this Mass’: Madison Square Garden is packed for the Pope

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden (AP)

This Pope Francis must truly be very important indeed if actors Martin Sheen and Harry Connick Jr are opening for him

His Holiness’s first Mass in New York City was a magnificent affair. Truly the must-attend event of the year. Hens’ teeth are more easily happened upon than the 18,200 tickets made available for this papal Mass.

“I still can’t believe my mother and I got tickets for this Mass,” admitted Leandro Gomes, 16, a student at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, an hour north of New York City.

“They’re excellent seats immediately in front the altar. Section A, Row 11,” pointed out the youthful but serious parish catechist.

“I’m glad Francis is here. I hope that his presence here will result in many acts of kindness. You can already see it with Mayor de Blasio making more beds available to the homeless,” said Gomes, referring to the joint partnership between the City municipal government and the Archdiocese of New York to house hundreds more homeless and needy people fore winter sets in.

In addition to Martin Sheen and Harry Connick Jr, other illustrious luminaries of the stage, screen and television joined the communicants, including Gloria Estefan, Kelli O’Hara, Jennifer Hudson, James “D Train” Williams, Norm Lewis and Rosanna Scotto.

Stephen Colbert, Catholic comedian and television personality, stated on a pre-taped message that it’s “unfortunate that Pope Francis chose the worst traffic day in New York City history to visit us”….

With all due thankfulness and respect to this cavalcade of stars, my favourite, however was the St Charles Borromeo children’s choir. They were both impressive and entertaining.

It’ll be a long time before they forget the time they sang for the Pope.