Andrew Zaleski

Directing the flow of traffic to McDonald’s on Saturday was Randy Burris.

You might have seen Randy Burris yesterday if you were walking around the Francis Festival near City Hall. He was the man holding a sign with street directions to the Promised Land: the golden arches — not gates — of McDonald’s.

The McDonald’s employee started his shift yesterday at 8 a.m. We asked him what message or blessing he hoped Pope Francis would bring to the city. 

“I hope he brings some love to our football team, the Eagles, ’cause we really need that right now,” Burris told us.

Burris wasn’t the only one hoping to a higher power.

Earlier in the afternoon Saturday, before they were scheduled to perform, City Paper chatted with community choir members from the Nigerian Blessed Iwene Tansi Igbo Catholic Community of West Philly who were hanging around Logan Square. Ihejirika Chieke and Leonard Okoro (left and right, respectively, in the photo below) said they hoped Pope Francis would convey a message of peace, love, and especially unity.

“The Catholic Church is a universal church — every human being,” Okoro said. “Even America should embrace and welcome immigrants. That’s the core teaching he needs to bring to America.”

Washington Sanchez, also near Logan Square, told City Paper he left West Chester, New York, at 2 a.m. yesterday with a bus group to be able to get to Philly for the Francis Festival. A UPS driver, Sanchez said he wanted Pope Francis to emphasize a message of “equality for all people.” Sanchez was in Philly with his aunt, Mariuxi Calle, who’s on the right in the photo below.