Aretha Franklin sees “greatness in humility” of Pope Francis

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Aretha Franklin Discusses Her Songs, Gift And Upcoming Performance For Pope Francis.

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 17: Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall on February 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a star studded line-up for the Festival of Families this weekend, and the headliner, the Queen of Soul arrived in Philadelphia today.PHILADELPHIA — It’s 10:30 a.m. at 7th and Lombard streets when a neighbor walks out, looks at the last few cars parked on his block about to be towed away and remarks to himself, “They weren’t kidding.” With the opening ceremony of the The World Meeting of Families having been held Tuesday and Pope Francis’ arrival a little more than two days away, Philadelphia is ground zero for papal pilgrims and it’s starting to show.

Media covering big events such as conventions and debates are used to having to pay fees to help cover the costs associated with the infrastructure, such as press risers and extra power. KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg spoke to the Grammy Award winning singer about her upcoming performance for Pope Francis. “It is really tremendous and particularly at this juncture in my career,” she says, “I am going to be almost semi-retiring next year and, what a way to retire.” Franklin says she’ll sing Amazing Grace, her biggest selling record and the largest selling gospel record of all time. Thing is, the longtime city resident will be out of the area during the papal visit because of unrelated family plans and was negotiating with another neighbor about letting their local postal worker park in his off-street spot while he was out of town. But that’s not the only reason she selected the song. “I am very, very impressed with his humble beginnings — he always described himself as the son of an immigrant,” she says, “it tells me that he never forgets where he comes from….such humility and there is greatness in humility.” Franklin says she plans to present the Pontiff with a special gift; a box set of her sermons written by her father, Bishop CL Franklin, a Baptist minister. Below are five things we saw walking around Center City, down the Ben Franklin Parkway and to the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 1) No Parking: The aforementioned neighbor who walked out his front door to find the row of parallel parked cars just about entirely towed away has a garage attached to his house.

It includes a 12 foot by 12 foot anchor booth, 20 amps power, a four by eight foot stand up position, a 16 foot by 16 foot private office and a satellite truck parking space. For the rest of the unfortunate folks who picked Lombard Street and other areas around the Francis Festival grounds, parking restrictions started rolling out Monday. He arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, and will visit New York before ending his trip in Philadelphia. “When I was called to sing, his motorcade was just coming into Hart Plaza, so I don’t know if he heard the performance or not, but the P.A. system was so loud, I’m pretty sure he did,” she said. “Amazing Grace” is also the name of a documentary that director Sydney Pollack made of Franklin recording the classic album. Take that math and apply it to the other unpacked pallets all around the art museum area and you’ve got a lot of hydration. 3) But what about places to go?

If a media organization does not wish to pay the fee, they can cover the event in the same way as the general public and will not get any special media access. “It is not uncommon for media to share the cost of infrastructure and to purchase riser space. While organizers say the current numbers are enough to serve the needs of the nearly one million people expected to attend the pope’s public appearances, others in the field say there should be one port-a-potty for every 50 guests. 4) The Knotted Grotto: At the feet of the Cathedral Basilica of Ss.

The Knotted Grotto, a public art installation, encourages Catholics to write a message of hope and prayer on a ribbon, take one that’s already hanging, pray for that person and take their strip of paper into the grotto to be hung. Kay Mens, who was helping staff the bustling court yard on behalf of the Little Flower Catholic High School in North Philadelphia, said more than 100,000 messages had been left by 10:30 a.m. 5) ‘Decent Nature’: Adetokunbo Oliwafemi Ige calls a plot of grass and dirt just above the Vine Street Expressway home. Ige, whose father immigrated from Nigeria, is also an artist with an appreciation of black-and-white photography and used the style to inspire his paintings of Pope Francis.

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