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Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Artists are finishing construction of an unusual exhibit they hope resonates with Pope Francis during his trip to Philadelphia and with anyone experiencing trouble in their daily life. 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. "It's deeply moving to see the universal quality of these struggles," said lead artist Meg Saligman. 26, will visit the installation because it's inspired by one of his favorite paintings, "Mary, Undoer of Knots. Its title can also be translated as "Mary, Untier of Knots. "Even the most tangled knots are loosened by (God's) grace," Francis said during a 2013 prayer in St. Peter's Square, referring repeatedly to the "knots" encountered in everyday life. At a recent public event outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, passers-by wrote their burdens on strips of cloth and then tied the fabric in a knot. Participants were then invited to undo someone else's knot - to symbolically share that person's hardship - and weave it through a loom for all to see. "I thought it was nice to be aware of someone else's pains, someone else's struggles, and that you're not alone," said Abigail Quintos of Rochester, New York. Source: