The NBC10 Preparing for the Pope crew is airborne in a couple of hours (me, anchor/reporter Jim Rosenfield and photojournalist Jason Ryan). The last big interview we grabbed before heading for the Vatican is from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. He's an honorary co-chair on the delegation for the 2015 World Meeting of families.
So, of course, we asked him a lot of questions -- logistical, cost, etc. about the Pope visiting Philly. (And we'll get to those other topics in other posts). But the best part of the interview, hands down, I had to talk about first. It's when Jim starts asking Nutter about meeting the Pope. It goes like this:
Jim: Personal highlight, I assume, would be getting to meet The Holy Father?
Nutter: Yes, should that happen. I've really, quite frankly, almost been trying not to think about it much.
Jim: Are you nervous?
Nutter: Just a little bit! You know I went to school at Transformation for elementary, St. Joe's Prep, and under no set of circumstances could I have ever imagined the prospect of: 1) going to Rome and 2) being in The Holy Father's presence, let alone the possibility of actually meeting. So it's, uh, it's something else.
Jim: You must have, in the back of your mind, thought of what you might say.
Nutter: (hearty laugh here) Well, I've been thinking about that as well. But I think the best thing for me is to touch base with my mom and get some of her advice. She has steered me well over these 50-plus years and so I'm going to talk with her and see what she thinks I should say.
Stay tuned! We arrive Saturday morning. Mayor Nutter and the Philly team arrives Monday morning. Meetings at The Vatican start Tuesday and formal one-on-one with Pope Francis happens early Wednesday.
Karen is Managing Editor of NBC10.com and in Rome to cover the delegation's trip.
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