NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — At least 80,000 people packed Central Park to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis on his historic 12-block procession Friday evening.
Security was tight as Pope Francis greeted onlookers along Central Park’s West Drive between 72nd and 60th streets.
“I think the people of New York City are welcoming Pope Francis with open arms,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told 1010 WINS earlier. “I’ve been saying that the greatest moral leader in the world coming to the greatest city in the world is a match made in heaven, and you can tell it’s true. There’s just extraordinary enthusiasm and warmth being directed at Pope Francis.”