Human chain of cell phone light to greet Pope in Mexico next week

Here’s another use for cell phones…

Organizers of next week’s papal visit to Mexico are planning to create a “human chain of light” to escort Pope Francis in his Popemobile along the 12-mile route from the Mexico City airport to the Vatican’s diplomatic mission. This light will be created by thousands of well-wishers along the route holding up their lit cell phones–a light source which is safer than flames from candles.

Excerpt from The Guardian (UK)–

“We want to receive the Holy Father with a special wall, what we call a wall of light and prayer,” said Roberto Delgado, a member of the organising committee for the visit, on Sunday.

“We hope that with mobile phones, which are something that most people possess, we can make this light along the route the Holy Father will take,” he told a news conference.


Organisers called on the faithful to bring rosary beads and pray for the pontiff as he passes along. They suggested bringing small electrical torches but no candles for safety reasons.

Delgado said they were aiming “to set a record by forming a human chain of light of 19kms (12 miles).”

“If people fill both lanes, then we are talking about practically 38 kilometers… That has never been done before in any country.”

The pope’s visit will run from 12 to 16 February and is scheduled to take in several Mexican states crippled by violence and poverty.

Smartphone users can operate a Rosary app and thereby achieve both goals of providing light and praying the Roary along the route. How to turn on your iPhone flashlight. How to enable flashlight on any Samsung Android. Want a super bright LED light for your Android device? Check out this app.

Looking for apps following Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico? We recommend: PopeApp and EWTN app to access live and on-demand video of the events along with news reports and special features.

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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