Stories from The Grotto

  • Her Name Was Josephine

    Her Name Was Josephine

    "My mom died this Easter Sunday, so I tied a knot for her hoping she'd see it. She was really into the Pope and I have a shrine for her in my house. I got her these Pope Francis stamps at the post office to give her. She was 90. We took my mom into hospice Wednesday and she held on until Easter. We stayed there around the clock with her. I’ve got some of her jewelry, this is her ‘J’ ring and this is 'J' for Josefine. That's my memory of my mom."

    In the tradition of Mary, Undoer of Knots, Pope Francis' favorite artwork, locals and visitors of the grotto are able to add or remove knots, symbolizing their personal struggles and sharing the burdens of others. Learn more about this Philadelphia prayer installation at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul by visiting and Pope Is Hope.