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Some things are just meant to be! We went to visit St. Peter's church and stood in line to enter. It turns out that we stood in the wrong line and instead of entering St. Peter's church we got invitations to a general audience with the Pope the very next day.

One person / family at a time is allowed to pass through by the Swiss guard, walk up the stairs, and request an audience. Invitations are then handed back. The invitations of course are free.

On the next day, the actual audience occured in the building to the left of St. Peter's. The lines were really long and the security was intense (So leave any useless metal gadgets back at the hotel if you would like to move faster through security checks). Inside the auditorium, the energy was unbelievable. 'Papa' John Paul II blessed the congregation in different languages while youth from different countries (earrings, noserings, mohawks and all) chanted and clapped in rhythm ... 'Giovanni Paulo, Giovanni Paulo'... all a huge gathering to pay tribute to one of the most important people on Earth.

I truly believe that this was meant to be, since this was a life-long dream of Ash, and we had only 3 days in Rome.

Dont forget to bring along any items, such as a rosary or a pendant, etc. if you would like them to be blessed by the Pope.

[Footnote - Pope Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Karol Wojtyla, recently passed away. Even though Eva & I had but a few minutes in his presence, the strong feeling of losing someone we knew well was alarming. May his soul rest in peace. I hope that the newly elected pope will bring good things - to the Church as an institution and to the lives of people, through Christianity.]

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Address: St. Peter's Square / Basilica
Directions: Tickets to a general audience with the pope are given out on request.

Go to the building on the right of the main entrance to St. Peter's church. Vatican personnel will be only too happy to point you in the right direction.

Website: http://www.vatican.va

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 23, 2005
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