After visiting a Catholic elementary school in East Harlem, Pope Francis rode through Central Park in his Popemobile this afternoon in a procession that was expected to draw some 80,000 people. Here, the best images snapped by onlookers in the crowd (and a couple from pros with a better vantage point).
People who’d won the lottery for tickets waited in long lines to enter Central Park:
Some in line hoped for blessings not just for themselves, but for their favorite baseball team:
A rainbow appeared over the park prior to Francis’s arrival:
Some took photos of (or selfies with) a cardboard cutout before the pope arrived in person:
After all that waiting, onlookers had just a few seconds to snap a photo: