12029593_10205367300037750_6397539025058815842_oIt may come as a surprise to know the City of Philadelphia has more murals than any other city in the world. And the impending visit by Pope Francis has inspired them to reach for the record books.

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program hopes to have its latest installation in honor of the World Meeting of Families become a real winner- as in Guinness Book of World Records.



Students start painting the pope’s mural

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New mural to honor Pope Francis

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Since May 28, 153  Paint-by-Number panels measuring 5′ x 5′ have traveled to sites that included Little Sisters of the Poor Holy Family Home and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

As of today, 944 people have painted the mural following a pre-printed pattern to commemorate the Holy Father’s historic American visit. The nearly 4,300 square foot mural will reside at St. Malachy School in November.

Are you in Philly? Stop by the Convention Center and add your touch to the art piece titled, “The Sacred Now: Faith and Family in the 21st Century,” an inspiring message of love.

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