As the words âHosanna in the highest!â echoed in the cathedral, she never looked up. That is, until she finished buying a pair of black boots off the internet on her iPhone.
âAt some point, the priest during the Mass says, âLift up your hearts.â He does not say, âLift up your cellphones to take pictures,ââ Pope Francis said last week during a general audience at St. Peterâs Square in Vatican City, where he urged Catholics to leave their phones home.
But during Sunday Mass at St. Patrickâs Cathedral, it seemed either the pontiffâs message had not yet reached across the Atlantic or the churchgoers were not listening.
Beside a font of holy water, tourists took in the Mass via the screens of their phones, some mounted on selfie sticks. By the entrance, devotees stood praying, but every so often phone-holding hands would pop up above the crowd to snap a picture. One man stood in the back, hunched ...