I happen to agree with Pope Francis when he made the comment last month about the virtue of building bridges as opposed to walls.
Okay, that's about as far as I'm going here into the political mire of our country.
Now for the facts:
n case you missed it, the Pope visited Mexico in February--specifically the US-Mexico border in Juarez, Mexico. For those of you who are a little fuzzy on your 8th grade geography, Juarez happens to be right across the Rio Grande River from El Paso, TX. And, on the Mexico side, there is a fence with three large bridges at various points between the two countries.
As it turns out, on Feb. 17 Pope Francis celebrated Mass on the Mexican side of the river not far from the fence.
Ron Wu was flattered and excited when Catholic Extension asked him to photograph the Pope's visit on that day.
As it turned out, the shoot happened not in Juarez, but on the El Paso side in the Sun Bowl Stadium where the Spanish-language Mass was being broadcast from Juarez to 30,000 excited Texas locals.
Even though the Mass was taking place across the river, the energy level of the audience was high in the Sun Bowl, and
Ron was able to catch the celebratory mood of the day.
See his images below:
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There had been a plan to build the Pope's platform, actually extend it, out over the river to the American side. But it wasn't possible. Security concerns, I was told.
There are three bridges between Juarez and El Paso, and even though plenty of people crossed those bridges on foot from El Paso to Juarez that day, astonishingly, the Pope wasn't allowed to cross the border going in the opposite direction (from Juarez to El Paso). Kind of ironic, isn't it?