Voices From the Street

Voices from the street as the pope made his way through the day yesterday:

"This kind of chance only comes once in a lifetime. Even if it's just five seconds, if you saw him, you saw him. You were in his sight. You were right there with him. And no one can ever take that away from you."
-- Carlos Rivas, 18, who drove to D.C. with 115 others from New Jersey.

"The Pope for me is the physical representation of the history and the traditions of the church and where we have come from and where we are today."
-- Nicole Lombardo, 18, American University international relations student.

"To me, he is the head of the church and to see him in person was very exciting. He is a person who is such an inspiration."
-- Maria Litterio, 69, of Front Royal, Va.

"The pope represents a false church not founded on the Bible. The truth is what's in the word of God, not what the pope says. This is definitely a terrory we need to cover because who else is going to preach to these people? The pope?"
-- Donald Scheib, 28, Nanjemoy, Md., a member of the Anabaptist Brethren, trying to convert Catholics in the crowds at Catholic University.

"He represents Christ for us here on earth."
-- Terri Collins, 44, a Silver Spring schoolteacher.

"For me, he is the heart of what ministry is all about ... He is a great thinker. He is also a humble Christian. He walks with us as well as being our shepherd."
-- Rev. Michael Bellafiorie, 53, a Jesuit priest who teaches at Gonzaga High School in the District.

"It was pretty cool. He was riding in this weird white car with a big glass container like a tin can. He was waving; he even looked in our direction."
-- Jared Grossnickel, 9, who lives in the District and waited with his parents for two hours to see the Pope.

"I was overwhelmed to see him in person and when the people started running toward him it reminded me of the story in the Bible when Christ was with the multitudes and everybody was climbing on the trees."
-- Rose Mubang, 49, a nurse from Lanham.

"It was a long wait but well worth it because you're in the presence of God's grace."
-- Ronald McNamara, 52, of Annapolis.

"The Pope takes after Jesus. I hope I shake his hand. It seems like Christmas, so Merry Christmas!"
-- Sherry Smith, 60, of Bel Air, Md. who was waiting outside Catholic University in a wheelchair.

Quotes compiled by Daniel LeDuc.

By David Marino-Nachison |  April 17, 2008; 8:30 AM ET
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