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From The Associated Press

An art installation blessed by Pope Francis during his trip to Philadelphia is being disassembled, but it will be repurposed to help the needy.

Officials said Wednesday that thousands of ribbons tied to a grotto will become insulation for a housing development for the homeless.

The grotto structure will be moved to the courtyard of a different affordable housing project.


From NBC10

One of the last remaining remnants of the papal visit is being dismantled. More than 150,000 people wrote their intentions on strips of cloth and tied them to a canopy in the Knotted Grotto outside Philadelphia's Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Pope Francis even stopped by and blessed them.


From CBS Philly

One of the hits of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia was an art project at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Logan Circle called the “Knotted Grotto” where people could write down a prayer and leave it knotted to others.

But the project was always intended to be temporary and its creators Wednesday held a ceremonial closing.


From 6ABC:

Wednesday morning's closing ceremony officially brought an end to the Knotted Grotto at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

The public art installation, which was the work of Sister Mary Scullion and the Homeless Advocacy group Project Home, closed with an interfaith blessing after having spent the past few weeks helping people find peace, hope and healing.


From the Philadelphia Daily News

THE HANDWRITTEN prayers tied to the Mary, Undoer of Knots Grotto were offered up in English, in Spanish and in Vietnamese. They came in languages both obscure and universal.

‘Knotted Grotto’ Site at Cathedral, Blessed by Pope, Concludes Public Engagement; Inspiring Mission Exceeds Expectations

The  Mary, Undoer of the Knots Grotto, which attracted tens of thousands of visitors during the recent World Meeting of Families (WMOF) conference, formally closed at an interfaith blessing on Wednesday, October 7, at 10 am. The event celebrated the many achievements of the Mercy and Justice campaign, of which the Grotto was one part.



The ribbons inscribed with prayer intentions that were tied to the Knotted Grotto outside the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul will have a new use.


Sister Mary's latest column in Billy Penn

There were months of build-up, then two intense and amazing days, and now the papal visit of 2015 to Philadelphia is history. But most Philadelphians, I believe, are still feeling a deep sense of inspiration and uplift from the experience of this truly amazing visitor, Pope Francis.


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