The "Pope Francis" effect, will it last?

Posted at 11:40 AM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 11:40:42-04

Pope Francis’ history-making trip to the United States is still being talked about days after his departure.

The Pontiff made stops in Washington, D.C., New York City as well as Philadelphia on his first trip to the U.S.; and even though he’s gone, many say the message he brought along with him is one they can’t forget.

"It was amazing, a great experience,” said a college student in D.C.  She flew from Arizona to see Pope Francis in the Nation’s Capital.  “I'm just lost."

Catholics feeling a sense of unity, feeling energized and many say they feel compelled to serve. 

"Well I think he is certainly the pope of the people,” said Ed Mackel of Philadelphia.  “That’s the message that he has... a life of simplicity.  I think that's the message American Catholics need.  I think that's what we all need."

But the Pope didn’t just leave an impression of the followers of the Catholic Church.  Those of other religious traditions tell us, they are feeling the change as well.

"It's awesome to see there is so much love and hope for peace and unity and that the pope is bringing all of these people together regardless of their religious beliefs," said Lynn Hochberg. 

Christine Rich, a devout Catholic and creator of the official jewelry for the event happening in Philadelphia while the Pope was there says she hopes her creations will also give people a reminder of the Pope’s message.

"That's what we want everybody to know.  God is real.  Prayer works and love heals," said Rich.

"On this occasion... this was a reminder to pray for Pope Francis... not just today but it was a reminder to pray for him to get him here safely.  To pray for every soul and continue to pray long after his visit is over."

And even in his absence, the Pope’s voice can still be heard by so many.

"I pray for you... and I ask each of you to pray a little for me," said Pope Francis.