As the words ‚ÄúHosanna in the highest!‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúAt some point, the priest during the Mass says, ‚ÄėLift up your hearts.‚Äô He does not say, ‚ÄėLift up your cellphones to take pictures,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Pope Francis said last week during a general audience at St. Peter‚Äôs Square in Vatican City, where he urged Catholics to leave their phones home.
But during Sunday Mass at St. Patrick‚Äôs Cathedral, it seemed either the pontiff‚Äôs 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 ...