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07/28/2016 04:46 pm ET

Pope Achieves Modern Miracle By Finding An Empty Seat On Public Transit

The pontiff hopped on a tram in Poland to make a statement on the environment.

Sometimes, Pope Francis seems larger than life. Other times, he seems like an average guy riding public transit.

Well, maybe not exactly "average."
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Well, maybe not exactly "average."

Pope Francis is in Poland celebrating a massive Catholic youth event, and on his way to deliver his opening address the pontiff hopped on a tram in the middle of Krakow. 

World Youth Day takes place roughly every three years and gives young Catholics an opportunity to celebrate faith in the company of their pontiff. The pope arrived in Poland on Wednesday for a five-day visit in celebration of the festival, which Pope John Paul II initiated in 1985.

Francis rode an electric tram on Thursday afternoon with a group of young Catholics with disabilities to greet faithful gathered in Krakow’s Blonia Park. Though he frequently used public transport as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Thursday’s journey was less out of pragmatism than to highlight his values of caring for the environment and connecting to those with fewer resources.

The tram was decorated with yellow and white Vatican colors and featured a sign that read “Tram del Papa,” Italian for “the pope’s tram.”

During his welcome sermon, Francis addressed thousands gathered in the park, saying, “Nothing is more beautiful than seeing the enthusiasm, dedication, zeal and energy with which so many young people live.”

Check out the wonderful anomaly that is Pope Francis riding public transit like an everyday human:

  • Pope Francis greets a group Catholics with developmental disabilities as he rides with them aboard a city tram to B
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    Pope Francis greets a group Catholics with developmental disabilities as he rides with them aboard a city tram to Blonia Park on July 28, 2016 in Krakow.
  • Pope Francis became the first pontiff to hop on an ordinary city tram Thursday as he travelled to the opening ceremony of an
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    Pope Francis became the first pontiff to hop on an ordinary city tram Thursday as he travelled to the opening ceremony of an international Catholic extravaganza in Poland.
  • Pope Francis waves to faithful on his way to open the World Youth Day.
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    Pope Francis waves to faithful on his way to open the World Youth Day.
  • <a href="http://worldyouthday.com/about-wyd/wyd-history" target="_blank">Initiated</a> by Pope John Paul II in 1985,&nbsp;Wor
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    Initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985, World Youth Day takes place roughly every three years and gives young Catholics an opportunity to celebrate their faith in the company of their pontiff.
  • Before traveling to Blonia Park, Francis celebrated&nbsp;Mass in the <a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/poland/czest
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    Before traveling to Blonia Park, Francis celebrated Mass in the Shrine of Czestochowa, a holy place dedicated to the Black Madonna.
  • World Youth Day kicked off on Tuesday with a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Krakow. Francis arrived in Poland the follo
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    World Youth Day kicked off on Tuesday with a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Krakow. Francis arrived in Poland the following day to participate in the festival.
  • Pope Francis blesses a youth as he arrives by tram at the World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland July 28, 2016.
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    Pope Francis blesses a youth as he arrives by tram at the World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland July 28, 2016.
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