“I remember it like yesterday,” Pat Clark said with great joy during a phone chat from his home in Columbia, S.C.
He was referring to Sept. 12, 1987, the day Pope John Paul II came to St. Peter’s Church in Columbia, and Clark saw the future saint bless his two children, Jennie and Christopher. This happy dad never expected the national exposure that blessing would receive.
Months before, he learned that the Holy Father was going to stop at St. Peter’s during his trip to the United States.
But with more than 5,000 people applying for tickets to attend the pope’s service in St. Peter’s, Clark knew they were nearly impossible to get.
But the day before the pope arrived, so did four tickets...READ MORE