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Artists collect 30,000 knots for papal exhibit

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Artists are finishing construction of an unusual exhibit they hope resonates with Pope Francis during his trip to Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27.

When it opens Sept. 3, the grotto outside the city’s Roman Catholic cathedral will house more than 30,000 knots, each representing a personal hardship or societal challenge.

β€œIt’s deeply moving to see the universal quality of these struggles,” said lead artist Meg Saligman.

Organizers hope that Francis, who will celebrate Mass at the basilica Sept. 26, will visit the installation.

Knots for the project have been gathered worldwide. Participants wrote their burdens on strips of cloth and then tied the fabric in a knot. Challenges ranged from addictions to student loans to health problems.

Participants were then invited to undo someone else’s knot β€” to symbolically share that person’s hardship .


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