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Recalling Camden Yards' biggest star

I've read the sports pages and seen the articles about the greatest games and most exciting sports moments at Camden Yards, and they bring back memories.

But the greatest event at Camden Yards was not sports related at all. It was the Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in October of 1995. On that day, 60,000 people were entranced and had their hearts and spirits profoundly touched by a great man. None found the need to overindulge in beer or to fight or to curse. Peace, love, hope and charity reigned at Camden Yards on that day.

As a Jewish man living in Baltimore, I didn't attend. But I watched the telecast in awe, and though I don't have very much knowledge of Catholicism, what I saw was meaningful to me. It was an expression of mutual love and respect, a desire for peace and compassion for all, and a deeply spiritual moment. For sure, Pope John Paul II was the greatest superstar to play at Camden Yards.

Irwin E. Weiss, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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