Wearing a flower wreath in her hair and a camera around her neck, Ms. Ball, a University Park resident, said it was important for her to attend the event because her mother was fond of John Paul II, and "you don't see this very often."
"One thing that's meant so much to me was in 1993, I went to Rome and sang with a choir," Ms. Ball said, her voice catching. "We had an audience with John Paul II and he sang with us. That was a phenomenal event. When you see him in person, he radiates. It's like the face of God is looking at you personally."