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September 26, 2015

Utah woman touched by an angel

Pilgrim shares store of Philadelphia trek 'on prayer and faith'

Pope in Philly Pilgrims
09262015_pope_joanne_tangreen Christine LoBrutto/PhillyVoice

"This is a really emotional thing for me," said Joanne Tangreen, who traveled 51 hours on a train to get to Philadelphia. "It's a pilgrimage. I'm really excited to be here. God was looking out for me."

Joanne Tangreen traveled 51 hours by train from Utah to Philadelphia "on prayer and faith."

After a previous year of hardship, following a divorce, she was looking for a sign from God that things would get better.

"Welcome the change coming soon into your life."

This was the message in a fortune cookie she received just a few days ago.

"By the grace of God and his mercy I came into a ticket for the Mass and festival at 9 a.m. this morning," she said, as she stood alongside a barricade on 6th Street waiting to divine a glimpse of Pope Francis on his way to Independence Hall. "It's just an amazing thing that transpired."

Saturday morning, Tangreen walked into a gift shop and met a man who could no longer use his tickets. He kindly offered them to her.

"This is a really emotional thing for me," she said. "It's a pilgrimage. I'm really excited to be here. God was looking out for me."

As she pointed to clouds in the sky above Old City forming the shape of a cross, she began to tear up.

"Praise God," she said.

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