Four Roman Catholic shrines in the Philadelphia area have teamed up to attract pilgrims heading to the city to see Pope Francis the weekend of Sept. 26-27.
Each offers a different experience.
Visit the crypt of St. John Neumann and see, through a glass side panel, his body dressed in bishop’s robes. (His head is not mummified; the face is a forensic artist’s recreation.) An Apache burden basket hangs on the wall next to St. Katharine’s tomb in honor of the work she did with Native Americans. Visitors are invited to write their needs on slips of paper and leave them inside. When the basket is full, the papers are shredded, then buried in the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament’s cemetery.
National Shrine of St. John Neumann
Fifth Street and Girard Avenue
National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel
1663 Bristol Pike
National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia
1166 S. Broad Street
The Miraculous Medal Shrine
500 East Chelten Avenue
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