PHOTOS: 85 Signs Seen During the Philadelphia Papal Visit

Here's how the government, businesses and preachers communicated with people during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.

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I remember the spring of 2001 fondly. It was the end of my freshman year of college. I was glad to get the first year over. I was excited to intern in Center City. And the Sixers were in the NBA Finals.

They lost, but for a few weeks the city was galvanized. It was all my friends and I could seem to talk about. I owned like 10 bootleg Allen Iverson shirts. And every store in Philadelphia seemed to have a “Go Sixers!” sign in the window.

I thought of that this weekend, when Center City was just covered in signs. Tons of businesses had signs up, welcoming Pope Francis or telling you their pope specials. The government had signs telling you where you could or couldn’t go. This is what pilgrims to Philadelphia were reading about us!

I spent the weekend chronicling pope signs in Philadelphia. In a way, I think they tell some of the story from the weekend. I also did a t-shirt round-up and wrote about my thoughts in general.

Including the one above, here are 85 signs (some are “text on things other than signs”) seen during the pope’s visit to Philadelphia.

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east0market

pope-aramark

lollapalooza

liberty-bell-selfie

pope-graf

stand-with-us

popes-buffet

welcomes-jewish-history

septa-lines

ufo-pope

philly-heart-pope-francis

holy-meal

advertise-here-now

catholic-dubstep

papal-visit-hours

debate-denver

fence

security-check

welcome-fishtown

tours-every-hour

pope-francis-visit

pope-pubcrawl

goorin

art-shaving

pope-francis

see-something-say-something

do-not-unplug

pope-welcome-locust

our-cakes

wifi-pretty

pope-varga

welcome-pope-francis

pope-favorite-dessert

pope-francis-scoop

pope-meets-philly

francis-house

pope-picks

pope-power

holy-wooder

park-permit

checkpoint-banned

pope-weekend

septa-ban

popeadelphia

kool-aid-vendor

photo-ban

welcome-to-philly

pope-2015b

pope-2015

love-is-our-mission

pope-jesus-in-quotes

ups-box

mobile-shower

young-adult

qr-code

catholic-to-the-max

mccormick

super-b-main

francis-rocks-philly

pope-sell

pray-zone

cupcake

dilworth-ccd

pope-ride

how-we-doing-philly

pope-st-francis

lucky-strike

ubahn

bru

free-donuts

media-transit

starbucks

call-no-man-father

protester-marketeast

pileggi

directions

living-hero

pope-shirts-kebab

phelps2

phelps1

locust-bar

cheu