[NEWS] Pilgrims leave 40,000 prayers at Knotted Grotto | Project HOME

[NEWS] Pilgrims leave 40,000 prayers at Knotted Grotto


From the Philadelphia Daily News

THROUGHOUT THE DAY, hundreds of pilgrims from the World Meeting of Families made their way to the Knotted Grotto, beside the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, to write their prayers on strips of cloth and add them to the 40,000 already tied there, stirring gently in the breeze.

Each pilgrim wrote a personal plea, tied it to a fence, then untied someone else's prayer, carried it inside the grotto, tied it to the wood frame and prayed for a complete stranger, bound together only by a mutual Catholic faith.

The grotto, by artist Meg Saligman, was inspired by Pope Francis' favorite painting, "Mary, Undoer of Knots."

Project HOME, which is sponsoring the deeply moving installation, is hoping that the pontiff will honor it by visiting.