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Editor's note: With Pope Francis celebrating Mass in his native Spanish Sunday in Philadelphia, The York Dispatch asked two Spanish-speaking Catholics from York to write responses to his message. The Rev. Jon Sawicki is the priest at York City's St. Mary's Church, where he celebrates Mass in English and Spanish. Sully Pinos is chief of staff for Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City. The English translation of Pinos' essay is below the Spanish version.

Esta Semana los E.E.U.U. recibieron a la figura mas poderosa de la fe católica. Atrayendo a multitudes de cientos de miles, de mas de cien países, Papa Francisco, completo su primera visita en América. Tratado como todo una estrella de rock, el Papa se ha mantenido firme en sus principios de humildad y cercanía con los sectores más vulnerables (los niños y los ancianos), y hasta los no creyentes. Y todo con una gran sonrisa y animo que inspira a cualquiera.

Cuando me pidieron escribir mis pensamientos sobre la misa del Papa y toda su visita, al comienzo me alarme porque no sabia si pudiera poner en palabras todas las emociones que he sentido esta semana. Tuve la oportunidad de asistir a la bienvenida del Papa en la Casa Blanca gracias a mi jefe, el Representante Estatal Kevin Schreiber. Todo el viaje y espera fueron valió la pena al estar en su presencia y poder verlo pasar en su Fiat en frente de nosotros. En ese momento me deje llevar por las emociones.

Con su misa de despedida en Filadelfia, el Santo Padre Francisco concluyo su gira estadounidense destacando su obra y sus principios del amor en familia, manteniendo las tradiciones, los inmigrantes, la justicia social y restaurando la fe católica.

En su homilía, el Papa Francisco le dijo a sus feligreses que tanto como la felicidad, las bendiciones siempre se manifiestan en pequeños gestos. Son las obras hechas por las madres, abuelas, padres, abuelos y los niños. El nos avisa que estos gestos no se quedaran sin recompensa. Llamo a las familias que se mantengan unidas compartiendo en las tradiciones que los mayores nos han dado porque estas tradiciones son dones por cual no nos demos avergonzar.

Yo nací hija de inmigrantes. Mi familia llego a Nueva York hace mas de 30 anos. Nuestras tradiciones Latinas son algo que yo he valorado mucho. Tanto que en honor de mi cultura, les estoy escribiendo este articulo en español. Yo pienso que aunque nací en este país de suenos, si no se mantiene las tradiciones ensenadas por los mayores, entonces quien va a decir nuestra historia? Desde el mayor hasta los mas pequeños, yo también pienso que no se deben avergonzar por tener tradiciones o creencias diferentes de los demás. Criada en la fe católica, tuve la oportunidad de atender a escuela católica por mayoría de mi vida. A los cinco anos, asistí a la misa del Santo Papa Juan Pablo II en Nueva York. Para mi familia, la visita del Papa Francisco cautivo su atención total. Tanto que yo regrese a la casa de mi mama no solo por celebrarle el cumpleaños de mi abuela, si no para ver esta misa y las demás actividades televisadas en familia.

Su mensaje esta semana fue uno de fe y esperanza. Todos somos hermanos y debemos de tratarnos con el mismo respeto y cariño sin importar de donde vengamos. Y aun siendo la figura mas importante de la fe católica, lleno de humildad el Papa Francisco pide a toda la humanidad que no se olviden de rezar por él. Y si no pueden creer en él o en la religión, que solo le deseen bien. Esta es la tarea con la cual se despide y da por terminada su visita en los estados unidos. Nos vemos en Irlanda!

This week, the biggest figure in the Catholic faith wrapped up his six day visit to the United States. In pure rock-star fashion, Pope Francis' visit drew crowds of hundreds of thousands from more than a hundred nations. Pope Francis carried out his message of caring and acceptance to the most vulnerable (children and the elderly), and even to those without faith. And all with a wide smile and a spirit to inspire anybody.

When I was asked to write about the pope's Mass and his visit, I was worried because I wasn't sure how I could put all the emotions felt throughout this week in words. Earlier this week, I had the chance to attend President Obama's welcome reception for the pope at the White House thanks to my boss, State Rep. Kevin Schreiber. Having a chance to be in the presence and power of the Holy Father and see him pass by in front of us in his Fiat was well worth the trip and the wait. In that moment I was carried away by emotion.

With his farewell Mass in Philadelphia, the Holy See highlighted his work and principles of the love in families, upholding traditions, the care of immigrants, social justice and restoring the faith in Catholicism. In his homily, Francis said to the crowds that "like happiness, holiness is always tied to little gestures." It is the work done by mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers and children, which will not go unrewarded. He called upon the families to stay united, to share in the traditions which have been taught by the elders. From an earlier address, he expresses that these traditions are gifts for which we shouldn't be embarrassed.

My family arrived in New York from Ecuador over 30 years ago. As the daughter of immigrants, I value the traditions taught to me. So much so that I wrote the original article in Spanish. Even though I had the privilege of being born in this land of dreams, if we don't maintain the traditions instilled in us by our elders, who then will share our story? I also think we should not be embarrassed by having different traditions or beliefs, no matter how great or small.

Raised Catholic, I had the opportunity to attend Catholic school for most of my life. When I was 5 years old, I got to attend then-Pope John Paul II's Mass in Queens. For my family, this week's papal visit took their full and undivided attention. I even drove back to my family's household not only to celebrate my grandmother's birthday but to share in the Mass and the other televised activities with my family.

The pope's message this week was very inspiring and refreshing. We should care for the well-being of our fellow brothers and sisters regardless of their circumstance. And even being the most important figure in the Catholic faith, he asks with humility that we all pray for him. And if you do not believe in him or in religion, he only asks that you wish him well.

This is the call to action left to us by Pope Francis in the end of his trip to the United States. I'll see you in Ireland!

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