Skip to main content

tv   Pope Francis in America  Al Jazeera  September 27, 2015 8:00pm-9:01pm EDT

8:00 pm
else can. this is our american story. this is america tonight. . >> this is al jazeera america, i'm adam may sitting in for del walters, and here is a look at the top stories. pope francis wrapped up his landmark visit to the u.s., celebrating with a mass in philadelphia. >> the bible says beware of false prophets. >> john boehner turning to scripture to lash out at members
8:01 pm
of his own party at the united nations president obama calls for a new effort to end poverty and hunger. what is at stake in the highly anticipated meeting tomorrow between president obama and russian president vladimir good evening, they call him the people's pope, and it wasn't hard to see why the last few days, the pope's historic trip to the u.s. has come to an end. >> in the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit... >> before departing for the vatican, pope francis celebrated a public mass in philadelphia, attended by up to a million peep. it was the biggest -- people, it was the biggest event in the 9-day trip to america, and among the most memorable, ending with
8:02 pm
a simple request from the pope. >> god bless you, you all. thank you very much for your participation and for your love for the family. and i ask you pray for me. don't forget. [ clapping ] pope francis is travelling home to the vatican. he's on board an american airlines jet that took off a short time ago. it is safely in the air. his plane is scheduled to land in rome tomorrow morning. we are following the conclusion of the visit with team coverage, patrick hornback, providing excellent context and commentary. let's begin with jonathan martin, for a look back at the pope's last day in the u.s.
8:03 pm
>> good evening. welcome to you. i think it's anyone's guess how many people showed up here today. it may have been a million or more. i can tell from where the pope spoke, across benjamin franklin parkway, a lot did not care they were far away from where the pope was spoking, they still felt connected to the pontiff and his message. >> reporter: as pope francis wraps up his tour of the u.s., he has a sombre message for the bishops, saying he met privately with victims of clergy sexual abuse. >> translation: god weeps for the sexual abuse of children. these cannot be maintained in secret. i commit to a careful oversight to ensure youth are protected and all responsible will be held accountable. >> reporter: the vatican says pope francis met and prayed with the victims, including three women and two men, and
8:04 pm
continuing with his expression of concern for those in prison, he met with prisoners and families at the front hold correctional facility. as he entered the hall he gave a thumbs up to the hand carved walnut share that inmates made for him. the pope told the prisoners all of us need to be cleansed. >> translation: it's painful when we see prison systems concerned to care for those. >> reporter: pope francis encouraged inmates to get their lives back on track. >> this time your life can only have one purpose, to give you a hand on the right road, to give you a hand to rejoin society. >> afterwards the pope walked through the gym, shaking hands with the men and women, and getting hugs, and took time to thank the inmates for the hand-made chair. >> the chair is beautiful.
8:05 pm
thank you very much for the hard work. thank you. >> the 78-year-old people's pope seemed to feed off the energy of the crowd as he made his way along the parade route, stopping to kiss several babies, as he made his way up the benjamin franklin parkway. >> a family that shows spirit is alive and at work will encounter our gratitude and appreciation. whatever the family, people, region or religion to which they belong. 3,000 priests celebrated the mass along with the pope. hundreds of thousands received communion. the mass culminates the end of an historic visit to the u.s. >> god praise you all.
8:06 pm
thank you very much. >> so one of the observations this we heard from a lot of people, they felt they could see that the pope really was engaged he seemed authentic throughout the church at philadelphia. the hope had a crazy schedule. everyone he met, every stop he made he seemed to be focused on the person he cwas talking to. going off script for some speeches. for a lot of people, an example of the type of person he is. very engaged and authentic. >> the off-script moments were memorable. so many people converged in philadelphia. i can see they are behind you. things are wrapping up. i can see cars moving. what sort of feedback are you hearing about how the city handled the pope's tour. >> well, overall i think the verdict is that philadelphia did a remarkable job in handling the
8:07 pm
crowds. some of the people that lived downtown or had businesses, they were not as happy. the city shut down. if you talked to the visitors, people that came, they had a great time. those that did not make it close, everyone seemed to be okay. there was no pushing, no shoving. people really soaking in the moment, realising what they were experiencing was something they would only experience once in a lift. >> we heard that a lot. people saying that it was among the friendliest large crowds they have seen. jonathan martin reporting live from philadelphia as pope francis makes his way back to the vatican, millions of americans will look back and reflect on how the pope touched their lives. al jazeera's ashar quraishi with more on the spiritual journey and the impact. >> six days, three u.s. cities and countless moments of the
8:08 pm
pope with his people. thousands lined the streets of the capital, waiting and hoping for a chance to catch a glimpse of the spiritual leader of the roman catholics. photos were taken, babies hoisted. for 5-year-old sophie cruz it was an opportunity to urge the pope to take up the cause of immigrants in america. >> i gave him one of the t-shirts, and gived him a card... >> letter. it was a letter in english. >> and i give them a letter. >> reporter: a powerful message, and for little sophie, the moment of a lifetime. for others, it was unforgettable. >> i think it was a defining moment in my life to sit and watch and see the pope first hand. >> his journey brought him to east harlem where schoolchildren lined up to take selfies with the pontiff. others welcomed with song.
8:09 pm
and tried to teach him to use a touch screen. >> at st. patrick's cathedral in new york, the afflicted looked to the pope for a healing touch. in philadelphia, celebration of faith, family and church. it was a once in a lift opportunity in search of ben diction. >> we are still in shock. it confirms our faith. when he was born, within hours of him being born, we offered him to god, so we know that he's listening to us. >> undoubtedly pope francis is a different kind of pontiff, one more concerned with reconciliation than strict adherence to the doctrine, and the first u.s. trip further cemented its position as the
8:10 pm
people's pope. >> let's bring back patrick horn back, chair of the theology department at fordham university. he's been about us throughout the entire pope's visit. there's more to say about the amazing event. now that he's gone, what do you think he's left behind. >> it's been great being with you all this week. as the pope got on the plane, we saw people packing up behind us. i think we have to stop and reflect on the fact that three years ago, if someone told you that the leader of the catholic church would come to america, spend time with poor people, prisoners and immigrants, would have a rapturous reception from people all around the country, you'd tell me i was crazy if i suggested that to you. pope francis, over the course of the last 2.5 years, and especially over the last six days won the hearts and minds of american people. in a way that truly is press
8:11 pm
dented. >> thing bag to when john f kennedy ran for president, imagine the crowds and support for a catholic church leader, and the numbers that we saw, in the country. how do you make sense of the shift in soouds towards catholics. i think the shift in the church is due to the tone brought about. in a speech given this morning. he said a christianity that does little but explains its teachings is dangerously unbalanced. it's hard not to hear in that a veiled critique of those that focus more on the church's teaching on this controversial matter or that. pope francis is an authentic man. he wants to be near the people,
8:12 pm
those that need him the most. he spoke out against the death penalty, there's a consistency to the poem. he's interested in affirming every human life. that is the message this we hear so little. it's refreshing. nonreligious people or catholics were drawn to him. there you said it. talking about human life. immigration, all of these. hot button issues, as we head to the campaign for the white house. will the pope use it - at all will it have an impact on race? >> it will depend. these were six whirlwind days. so many americans fell in love with the hope. some knew a lot, some knew little. whether this lasts is a great question. and father tom reece on the programme - he said the test of the pope will be when someone
8:13 pm
goes into a catholic church, will they find pope francis who will not. part of the mission was to lead by example, teach by example, the many priests and bishops, nones and three ol urgeans like me to live a little differently, put the focus somewhere different. if the church as a whole shifts, the way in which catholics and the way they thing about political issues will be different. i hope it's a flash in the pan. >> we are almost out of time. what is next for the pope. how does he continue to deliver the message, and how does he try to make an impact. >> so the next thing he'll convene the second part of a gathering of bishops. headlines were made because a
8:14 pm
document come out talking about welcoming gay and lesbian folks. it was retracted. but many have been calling on the pope to lead the way on welcoming l.g.b.t. people. they'll be talking about divorce. contraception, communion for the divorce and marriage. the pope wants bishops to speak their minds and not hold back. it created more controversy than you see. speaking for myself, it's good for the catholic church. it will be interesting to see what plays out next week. >> it will be interesting to see what is playing out in the churches across america, what messages are received. patrick - thank you again so much for all you have your excellent commentary with us over the last couple of days. thank you for being with us again. >> it was truly a pleasure, thank you so much. >> from his warm welcome by president obama, to a speech
8:15 pm
before a joint meeting of congress, to his papal address at the u.n. pope francis stuck to common themes, ones that were grounded in teachings of the church. many touched on the divisive political issues as we talked about with patrick. lisa stark has an indepth look. >> from the moment he arrived on the first visit to the u.s., pope francis received an extraordinary welcome, with president obama and the first family greeting the pontiff on the tarmac at andrews air force base. the the two met before at the vatican in 2014. and they share some common ground on issues like climate change and income and equality. the next day after the pomp and ceremony of a white house arrival the poem applauded president obama's effort on
8:16 pm
climate change saying it was a problem that can no longer be left to a future generation. >> we have the ability to altogether in building our global home as christians, we wish to commit ourselves toe a conscious care of our home. a stance that angered conservatives, that praised pope francis for his efforts to close the gap between rich and poor. you shake our conscience from slumber, and call on us to come together in humility and service to a world that is more loving or just and more free. >> the pope's actions, while in
8:17 pm
the nation's capital spoke as loud as his words. from his eco-friendly transportation to his lunch with the homeless. >> mr speaker. the pope of the holy seer. he repeated themes of violence and authoritiy in an address to congress, whose political divisions run deep. pope francis challenged them on immigration. as the son of italian immigrants that fled to argentina, he urged america to embrace those seeking a better life. we, the people of this continent are now fearful of foreigners, because most of us [ clapping ] ..because most of us were once foreigners.
8:18 pm
[ clapping ] >> reporter: touching on sensitive domestic issues, he called for an end to the death penalty, and, in a veiled way, to abortion. invoking the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. >> the golden rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect or defend human rights at this stage of its development. [ clapping ] >> reporter: it was a speech largely in line with the liberal side of the aisle, but the pope also defended religious liberty and the traditional family, months after the supreme court legalized same-sex marriage. >> after his enthusiastic reception on the domestic stage, pope francis turned to an audience, pushing international leaders to work tirelessly to
8:19 pm
avoid war, end conflicts in africa and ban nuclear weapons, praising a nuclear deal with iran as an example of what cooperation can accomplish. >> translation: i express my hope that this agreement will be lasting and efficacious and bring forth the desired fruits with the cooperation of all the parties involved. >> throughout his stop, pope francis urged politicians to put aside differences and drive for the common good. for the popular world figure, that has proven a hard sell. an angry john boehner speaks out. coming out, the speaker of the house calling out members of his own political party, days after announcing his resignation. and lair, the stage is set for president obama and russian
8:20 pm
president vladimir putin to meet on the sidelines of the u.n. general assembly.
8:21 pm
8:22 pm
fiery rhetoric in politics,al lies of john boehner are coming to his defense. some are suggesting the conservatives are waging a war they cannot win. the speaker is lashing out, and
8:23 pm
taking to the bible to make a point. >> my oh my what a wonderful day. >> on the heels of his bombshell resignation on friday, house speaker john boehner took aim at g.o.p. forces he claims are courts voters with stunts. >> the bible says be ware of follows prophets. >> the spaker brushed aside threats of a government shutdown over efforts to defund planned parenthood. >> there are groups in town, members of people whipping people into a frenzy saying that they can accomplish things they know will never happen. >> in 2010 john boehner found it difficult to manage the conservative wing. in a value voter summit. conservative voters applauded the news of john boehner's
8:24 pm
resignation. when it was announced by presidential hopeful marco rubio. >> i'm not here today to bash anyone, but the time has come to turn the page and allow a new generation of leadership. >> meanwhile in the campaign for the white house, a poll on sunday puts ben carson at 20%. only one point behind g.o.p. front runner donald trump. rubio and carly fiorina came behind with 11% each. carson addressed the resignation of bone. >> -- of john boehner. >> seems to be a nice guy and is a compromiser at a time when a lot of people on the right feel too much compromise has resulted in a situation that they are not happy with. >> to move beyond it. >> on the democratic side
8:25 pm
hillary clinton appeared to be more ensnared than ever in her controversy over the use of an email server. >> can you respond to an alternative explanation. >> another conspiracy theory. >> clinton defended herself against an allegation that she failed to give investigators email correspondence with the department of defense. >> we gave them everything work related. in fact, we gave them so much they told us they are sending back 1200, because they were clearly personal. >> clinton's husband, former president bill clinton came to her defense saying on friday that the controversy is manufactured a campaign tactic he faced ims in the 1990s. >> it always happens, the other party doesn't want to run against her, if they do they'd lining her as mangled up as possible and a political story in europe. looks like voters catalonia are
8:26 pm
moving one step closer to claiming independence from spain. a collision of separatists -- coalition of separatists won a number of seats. the win expected to give them a mandate to split from spain. they promise the to launch an independent campaign in 2017. catalonia has been moving towards a break over the last five years. police in jerusalem on sunday imposed age restrictions on worshippers entering the temple mount. all men under the age of 50 have been banned from entering the holy sanctuary, but does not apply to women. imtiaz tyab has more on the controversy from jerusalem. >> the situation at the al-aqsa mosque has come, but -- is calm, but is tense. we have to keep in mind there has been frequent confrontations
8:27 pm
between security forces and palestinian worshippers in the mosque complex for the last few weeks. in which a major confrontation during the jewish holiday between matters where a considerable amount of property damage to the al-aqsa mosque building. now, there is some concern that over the next few days we could see more confrontations. that is because there have been calls from some far right jewish groups to try to access the al-aqsa mosque compound. this, of course, is seen assist provocative by many palestinians, and palestinian worshippers, that is why we see the confrontations that we have seen not only today, sunday, but in the past as well. >> imtiaz tyab reporting. >> the united nations, general assembly, is kicking into high gear tomorrow. what we can expect to hear from
8:28 pm
russian president vladimir putin when he addresses the delegates. and france taking a new stance in the fight against i.s.i.l. details coming up here on al jazeera america. >> me being here is defying all odds >> they were patriots, they wanted their country back >> al jazeera america presents the passion.. >> onward! pain... >> it's too much though... >> and triumph... >> inspirational real life stories... >> all these labels the world throws at you, that's what drives me to push... >> of ordinary people >> i tasted the american dream. i liked it... >> living extraordinary lives... >> if we could multiply this
8:29 pm
program, we could change the world... >> from the best filmmakers of our time, >> i give al jazeera tremendous credit, because it's not traditionally what broadcast journalism does... >> the new home for original documentaries al jazeera america presents only on al jazeera america president obama today delivered the first of two speeches at the united nations this week, calling for a new joint effort to tackle issues of poverty and inequality around the world.
8:30 pm
>> development works. investing in public health works. we can break the cycle of poverty, people in nations can rise in the prosperity. spite the cruelty of our world, millio millions of lives can be saved if we are focused. >> monday president obama will make another speech, focussing on conflict in syria and ukraine. and will hold a meeting with vladimir putin, as the kremlin tries to flex a muscle on the syrian conflict. vladimir putin is expected to announce a new initiative on syria, calling for moscow to play a role in the international force to battle i.s.i.l. we have a preview of the meeting between the two world leaders. >> no longer the odd leader out. russian president vladimir putin arrived in new york on monday
8:31 pm
for a first address in the united nations, and a sideline meeting with president obama, a stunning diplomatic double play that calls time out in the year-long white house effort to isolate russia over ukraine. >> the president made a digs that it was worth it at this point to enchildrening with vladimir putin in a face to face meeting. >> the white house said the meeting will primarily focus on ukraine. syria changed the calculus. refugees are fuelling the migrant crisis. in recent weeks, the deployment to a strong hold has underpinned kremlin appeals for an international coalition to fight i.s.i.l. a plan that leads the full court
8:32 pm
in question. but which it keeps the syrian president government in tact. >> there's no other solution but rendering help in fighting terrorism. >> bashar al-assad's regime has been playing ou in the war. >> he doesn't care about syria, it's a peace in the game. mark heads the initiative for study of the press. at the moment it was about a relationship with the west. efforts to broker a deal have ground to a stand still. western sanctions hammered the
8:33 pm
economy at a time when prices have plummeted. the double down in syria could lay the ground work for an exit from ukraine. >> i think he's looking for a deal. that should we will help him pull himself out of what is becoming an increasingly uncomfortable conflict. >> it's unclear whether president obama wants to or can cut a deal with vladimir putin, no matter the outcome. vladimir putin showed russia is one power the west cannot shut out. >> that's for sure. before the two presidents met, top diplomats did some of the talking. secretary of state john kerry and sergey lavrov met for talks. >> they discussed the resolution for the far on syria, seeing
8:34 pm
stability. just a discussion. an historian on russia, and the author of the kgb "police and the politics in the soviet union." what do you expect to hear from vladimir putin during his address, and maybe not so much the specifics, but what about the tone, is there a shift in tone happening? >> i think vladimir putin is happy to be a player on the world stage after being ostracised because of ukraine. he's taking great advantage of this and doing the usual balancing act of trying to make sure that everybody takes russia seriously, and talks tough, but at the same time present himself as an international negotiator, trying to draw together a coalition against terrorism. so there's a kind of a two-sided part to vladimir putin. >> these coalitions seem to have
8:35 pm
usual players. >> it's interesting. as we know, the u.s. and the west would like to see bashar al-assad out of syria. vladimir putin is making it vegas to what the intentions are. >> that is the question, what does he want with the military build up in syria? >> i think, frankly, vladimir putin realising that he would make a big mistake if he brought in troops into syria, and escalated that military build up significantly because he doesn't want to get russia caught in rah quagmire, and russia's economy is in a bad stayed. plus, soldiers are sent. they don't want the soldiers
8:36 pm
dying. there are constraints as to how far vladimir putin is willing to go. >> i found it interesting how he praised in an interview, the united states. and talked about our open attitude and how it helps to fuel inno vasion. you don't hear the comments a lot. words from the united states coming from vladimir putin. does it soften the stage a bit before he comes to new york. >> i think it was kind of a charm offensive. it's so interesting, because the russian people get complete opposite impression from the kremlin, vladimir putin and the state propaganda. they have been saying since there has been a confrontation with the west over ukraine, they've been accusing the united states of having a major goal to undermine russia and their
8:37 pm
political stability. vladimir putin is definitely striking a different tone. that is part of the calculations. >> where does he stand now when it comes to the dispute with the ukraine, where does he stand with the people from russia, and on the international stage, does he an explains to do at the u.n.? i would imagine he'll avoid making references to the ukraine. >> you think he'll start out. >> he can't avoid it. he'll address it with president obama, but he is taking advantage. fact that europe is focused on the crisis. that is the main problem right now for the west. vladimir putin is trying to put ukraine on the backburner. he really does want, of course,
8:38 pm
to have western sanctions listed. he'll have to make commitment to the agreements to try to ensure piece in ukraine. >> it's been decades since we've tore down the wall and we thought we had a renewed relationship. what is the temperature of the relationship between the u.s. and russia? >> i would say the temperature is back to the soviet date. definitely. i think we don't - we still don't know what is going on. >> is it trending up or down? >> i think right now, obama is probably given up on vladimir putin, and i think waiting it
8:39 pm
out. but that could be a long time. >> could. russian historian, thank you for taking time to speak to us and give perspective the u.s. officials are working with their european counterparts in the fight against global terror. secretary of state john kerry was joined by his counterparts at a terrorism forum in new york. >> we have to move faster and address a broader array of tools used by terrorists, and one of the tools, no surprise, is their use of social media, and more traditional mechanisms to try to radicalize tens of thousands of people. >> they are telling our citizens that terrorism will land on our continent on a boat packed with refugees or migrants. in recent years europe exported foreign fighters, not importing
8:40 pm
them. >> that remark from the e.u.'s foreign policy chief was a response, claiming the influx of migrants could result in extremists. it has become a key ri cruding tool. >> it was a first for france. the military is engaged in the fight against i.s.i.l. in syria. the french government says it destroyed one of i.s.i.l.'s straining champs near the eastern city. six french war planes were used to carry out the attack. france says the bombing was an act of self-defence. officials believe i.s.i.l. is training fighters to attack within europe. the president spoke to reporters at the u.n. about this today. >> it could take place in the coming weeks, with the same goal - identify targets such as training camps or places from where we know the d.a.e.s.h. terrorist group threatens the
8:41 pm
security of our country or launch terrorist attacks. >> the president says the target of the attack was defined by some reconnaissance flights and intelligence from the u.s.-led coalition against i.s.i.l. >> a hardship for refugees trying to make their way into hungary, they are feeling the chill of fall, especially at night, when they are trying to leap outside. winter may come before the refugees find a new home. we have this report from the hungary croatian border. >> whatever else you may think about the hungarian government, it is nothing if not determined. >> at the border crossing refugees are dumped on the other side. they are escorted through in small groups, under the gaze of police and heavily armed soldiers. a helicopter playing and combat are theed circled overhead. those on buses are guarded by
8:42 pm
the police. those that need to use the bathroom are escorted there and back, waiting for hours like this, until hungary was ready for its next move. clearly they'd have nowhere to run even if they wanted to. it's open fields and nothing more. all around more vehicles were busy laying more and more fence. the response to the crisis has many worried about the signals. from the point of view of the hungarian government, it's the most efficient way to handle the crisis or ensuring that no refugees get into hungary. >> hungary would argue it's a more organized way of dealing with the large numbers than the chaos of the croatian border. do the small children really need to be confronted by big men with big guns when they have already run from war?
8:43 pm
>> while they are waiting we try to cheer them up with fruit, water and sweets. if we have to, we give them a toy to ease the tension. the buses are full, buses accompanied by humvees. at no point did they take their eye off the buses. the convoy went to the near israel weigh station. children wet themselves on their mother's laps, there was no getting off, because the police would not let them. still, some people didn't seem to mind the soldiers, as long as they were heading to germany. >> government country - not good. >> reporter: it's okay for you here. >> it's okay, okay, yes. >> reporter: back in line, police all around, the same on the platform all the way to the border. soldiers were putting more on to the carrier. others see it as a humanitarian
8:44 pm
crisis. here, it's a siege. >> china's president makes a bold promise on promoting equal rights for women. xi jinping chaired a women's gender conference. out lining a 4-point plan and pledged $10 million to the u.n. women's group to build health care facilities for women in developing countries. when it comes to gender equality pakistan is second to last out of 143 countries. this was evaluated by the world economic forum, and it is considered the worst in tribal areas, women denied basic rights to education and health care. the calls for change are growing louder. that woman from pakistan's
8:45 pm
tribal belt. there's a difference between her and other bimen that live there. her father wanted her to be educated. a rare thing for women from this tribal area. >> there's no education system. they don't know about basic right. decision making is their right. for the last fi years pakistan's military has fought against the taliban and other groups. tens of thousands of people thread to camps like this one. but the tradition of keeping women indoors and uneducated is strong. >> these women are weighing to return to their homes.
8:46 pm
>> our eyes are open. i'm trying to educate my daughter and son. >> displacement from more than a million people had an h.i.v. benefit. >> they are seeing the lifestyle of many and families that want to line. >> reporter: as more women speak out they are becoming braver and bolder. >> my family opposes girl's education. i struggled for it. i still feel the pain. >> if there's a chance for education, the boy gets it over the girl. they'll send the son to a good school. now they found a woman from their own community. it's likely to take years of
8:47 pm
struggle to change centuries of tradition. >> coming up, the strength of faith. a baby girl suffering from ailments in arizona gets to meet with the pope. we'll tell i what happens
8:48 pm
8:49 pm
8:50 pm
well, pope francis has ended his visit to the united states. this is video from short of an hour ago, when he got on his plane and returned to the vatican. he's flying home safely. during this trip he made stops in washington, new york city and philadelphia, touching the lives of millions of faithful that gathered to see him. and who knows how many more sat at home watching, so many glued to the television for this. two people whose lives were changed after meeting with the pope are glen and scott cassidy, their daughter ava was born in january 2014, with down's syndrome and problems with her eyes and ears and worst of all, the little girl had two holes in her heart. a few months later the family took a trip to the vatican. that's where we pick up the story. lynn, scott and ava joining us,
8:51 pm
live from phoenix. so good to have you with us. before we start, she is so adorable. as a dad, i know this question is setting myself up for failure, but can you get her to say hi or wave. >> can you say hi? >> hi. >> hi. okay. she is way too cute. thanks for taking the time to speak to us. what motivated you to take the trip to the vatican, from phoenix, arizona. what did you go there looking for? >> well, we have two older children, 15 and 17, a son and a daughter, and we wanted to experience easter actually in another part of the world this celebrates our faith and show them the traditions that i knew would be different to ours in america. and i love italy.
8:52 pm
what's not to love. >> of course. we went to the south, sarento and we were able to participate in the parades and festivals they have, and realise that we go be in rome for a wednesday general audience, which the pope holds every wednesday for the most part, and you just - you need a ticket to get in, they are free, so through some research and help from friends, i was able to receive tickets. and. >> and pass the cheerios. >> so you get the tickets. every parent's favourite tool to help keep a kid quiet. you get there to the vatican. >> yes. >> and you are standing there and the pope comes by. how does ava get a chance to meet there with the pope? >> well, actually, the - after three hours of waiting, we - the pope comes by.
8:53 pm
we were told by the nun at the pontifical college, that if we stood on a barricade in st. peter's square, the pope-mobile would come by. i saw pictures of other snapshots of babies being kissed. so i thought we'll do what she says, it will happen, hopefully. >> so what happens if you give me the nutshell version. >> absolutely, if you know the movie, the lion king, that's what i did with afa, i held her up, we found out the head of the secret service. his name is dominico, he looks at me, takes her and hands her up to pope francis. >> okay, that is happening. what is going through your two minds as parents, parents who, you know, have a child living with a disability? >> i mean, honestly, i'm a
8:54 pm
blubbering mess at this point. our prayer, of course, was to pray for her and her health needs. you never know how long you'll have a child, but not to mention one with special needs, and the pope looked at me and said "what's her name?", i said "afa", and he asked how hold was he. i said he had two holes in her hearts. he kissed her, blessed her, blessed us and handed her back. it was a special moment. >> you get back to phoenix arizona, as i imagine you must have numerous doctors appointments. what's. >> yes, we go to the cardiologist who had been keeping track of her since before she was born, and he did another test, and she - she had two holes, the one was closed, which is sometimes typical that it closes. i'm not a doctor, so the timing - i don't know how likely it would be to close that
8:55 pm
quickly, and the other hole that was concerning, was half the size. >> wow, you are def out catholics. >> yep. >> you stopped short of calling it a miracle. what do you call it? >> well, i think it's not for us to say. it's so mir abbing u loose when he told us that -- mir abbing u loose. we'll never yes it it's a miracle or her life. she, in and of herself is a miracle. we believe all life is miraculous. as the pope spreads the message this week, life and love are miraculous. if the message can be perhaps a miracle was given to her through the pope by our god. that is fabulous. if the bigger message is all life is precious, regardless of
8:56 pm
issues or things that people have, those lives are just as important and critical to our earth. >> so one last question to you guys. as you watched the coverage of the pope, and you see him reaching out to other people with abilities, you see him kissing the babies, giving the families hope, what emotions does that bring back for you? >> it brings back all of the emotions we felt, and we - our three children are precious. we understood wanting to stand there and have him press their child. some have disabilities, some did not. we totally. it's like the olympics. i'm going to be a little depressed because we can't watch the pope coverage on american television. >> i'm so glad to hear your
8:57 pm
daughter is doing better medically. she's adorable no matter the cause or reason, it's great to see a healthy beautiful child. line and scott cassidy and their daughter joining us live. thank you for taking the time. >> thank you. >> thanks can you go wrong with kids eating cheerios on television. tonight's sky watchers will witness a rare event. it's beautiful. it's a super moon combined with a lunar eclipse. a super moon occurs when the moon is at its close point and appears 15% larger and 30% brighter than normal. and the lunar eclipse happens when the earth's shadow blocks the sun. all this is happening at one time. the moon is expected to go dark at 10-11 eastern time, and probably stay that way for 70 minutes. it will not happen again until
8:58 pm
2033. the last time it occurred was 1982. that is it for us. thank you for joining us, i'm adam may in new york, we'll be back with another hour of news 11:00pm eastern, 8:00p.m. pacific, leaving you with shots of the moon before. >> protestors are gathering... >> there's an air of tension right now... >> the crowd chanting for democracy... >> this is another significant development... >> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live... >> we're here to fully get into the nuances of everything that's going on, not just in this country, but around the world. >> ...as if there were
8:59 pm
no cameras here, would be the best solution. >> this goes to the heart of the argument >> to tell you the stories that others won't cover. how big do you see this getting? getting the news from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> we're here to provide the analysis... the context... and the reporting that allows you to make sense of your world. >> ali velshi on target only on al jazeera america >> these people have decided that today they will be arrested. >> i know that i'm being surveilled. >> people are not getting the care that they need. >> this is a crime against humanity. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> what do we want? >> justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> explosions going on... we're not quite sure - >> is that an i.e.d.? >> "faultlines". al jazeera america's award-winning investigative series. monday, 10:00 eastern. on al jazeera america. >> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive
9:00 pm
into the stories that are making our world what it is.

28 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on