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As the sun rose on Mulberry Street, vendors got ready for the San Gennaro festival.
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Meanwhile, a little further up the block, the 1,000-pound statue lay covered.
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And the men from the parish finished building the area around the statue, getting everything set for the unveiling.
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Around 11:00 a.m. thousands poured onto Mulberry Street.
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But at 1:45 p.m., on the corner of Mulberry and Prince St.,
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the gathered faithful process from Mass
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to the moment everyone is waiting for.
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3 ...
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2 ...
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1 ...
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Father Donald Sakano and Deacon Vitale bless the revealed statue.
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Deacon Vitale takes a closer look.
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Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, president of the St. Pio Foundation, offers a few words of gratitude.
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The decree is signed by Father Sakano
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and Mr. Lamonarca,
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who takes his place in what represents the seat of mercy --
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a place that portrays Christ's mercy...
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on the Cross,
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through His wounds,
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through His vessel.
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And one by one,
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people take a seat --
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all seeking the mercy
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that Christ offers so willingly
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through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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The young,
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the experienced,
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the searching ...
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In the heart of a city
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that is filled with broken hearts,
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broken dreams,
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broken spirits,
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there is healing.
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And then there were the curious,
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examining and exploring,
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and learning.
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