Nourishing the body at Reading Terminal Market

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Kitty-corner from the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia's Center City lies Reading Terminal Market, an indoor farmers market that attracts vendors from across the region. Fresh fish, produce and baked goods abound in a space beloved by locals. But on the morning of Sept. 22, the opening day of the World Meeting of Families Congress, Reading Terminal swarmed with priests, nuns and Catholic families from across the globe. Their mission: finding breakfast.

When I lined up for coffee and an Apple Harvest doughnut at Beiler's, an Amish bakery, at 10 a.m., I spotted WMOF attendees right away. They wore emerald green lanyards and clear plastic backpacks bearing the World Meeting of Families and Knights of Columbus names and logos. Most of them betrayed their excitement for the papal visit with smiles, animated conversation (in any number of languages) and frenzied darting from booth to booth.

Soon, the market was filled with WMOF folks, the same way signs greeting Pope Francis populate Reading Terminal's windows and countertops. Just another undeniable sign of the Universal Catholic Church in Philadelphia this week.

Read more: The City of Brotherly Love Prepares for Pope Francis

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