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Pope Francis visit: 5 highlights from Saturday

Pope Francis speaks in front of Independence Hall,

Pope Francis speaks in front of Independence Hall, from the lectern used by President Abraham Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address, alongside a statue of President George Washington, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. Credit: AP / Alex Brandon

His trip is nearing its end, but Pope Francis is still going strong.

On Saturday he left New York City for Philadelphia, the last destination of his nine-day visit to Cuba and the United States. In the city where America's ideals were set to paper, Francis encouraged immigrants, focused on faith and family -- and took both daytime and nighttime popemobile rides.

Here are five things to know about the pope's Saturday. App users can see the related stories by tapping on the link below for

1) He is a global figure, but the pope is a tourist, too. We got an inkling of that at the end of his first visit to New York City, as he flew in a helicopter over Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Pope Francis -- the son of immigrants -- "was very, very moved," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was flying with him.

"And he said, 'You know, Buenos Aires was a city of immigrants, too,' and as we circled Ellis Island, as we circled the Statue of Liberty, I could see he was very emotional," the cardinal said.

Newsday's Matthew Chayes has the full story.

2) Pope Francis had landed in Philadelphia and was on his way to his first event in his Fiat -- but then he noticed a boy in a wheelchair and had his driver stop. Newsday describes the moment: "He walked over to the 10-year-old with cerebral palsy, placed his hands on the boy's head, uttered a blessing and kissed his forehead."

3) His speech to remember Saturday was delivered at a place rich with history and symbolism: Independence Hall.

Speaking from a lectern that Lincoln used during the Gettysburg Address, next to a statue of Washington, Pope Francis called religious freedom essential to human dignity, Newsday reports. Many in the crowd of some 40,000 were Latino immigrants, and Francis -- the first pope from Latin America -- spoke to them with passion.

"Many of you have immigrated to this country at great personal costs, but in the hope of building a new life. Do not be discouraged by whatever challenges and hardships you face," he told them in Spanish. "I ask you not to forget that, like those who came here before you, you bring many gifts to this nation. You should never be ashamed of your traditions."

Newsday's Bart Jones explores the pontiff's comments on religious freedom.

4) We back up a bit for this lighter note: There was a spate of baby-kissing during the popemobile journey to Independence Hall. The image you see captured one of those moments.

5) His trip took on a celebratory air at Saturday's closing event -- a night of performances and testimonials at the Festival of Families. Actor Mark Wahlberg emceed the event, which featured performances by Aretha Franklin and Andrea Bocelli.

Francis grew particularly animated as he talked about families. At one point, he told an anecdote about a boy who asked him, "What did God do before creating the world?"

Francis answered that before God did that, he loved. "Because God is love," he said.

Coming on Sunday: An outdoor Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway that's expected to draw 1 million people -- and a trip back to Rome.

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