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Saint Peter's Square was created so that more people could be in the presence of the Pope and was named after Saint Peter, one of Jesus's apostles.
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If so where, when and what was the context?
I saw JPII back around 1995 when I was backpacking around Europe. He used to come to the window on the Square (I think on Tuesdays) and talk to the crowd. It was a rainy day, everyone with umbrellas. He was was speaking Italian, and I was not Catholic, just a tourist. It was just something to do. What I loved was that he seemed to have a wonderful sense of humor and made the drenched crowd break into laughter. He seemed like a truly personable, special person.
That's wonderful, Laura! I saw JPII back in 1979 when he came to Chicago. I was in 8th grade at the time. I remember waving to him as he went down a busy street in my neighborhood. It was awesome.
Hmmm....looks like you and Michael may have been in the same place!
I saw Pope John Paul II from a distance when he said Mass
in Grant Park in Chicago in 1979. When he got to the
doxology (Through Him, with Him, and in Him, in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours Almighty Father,
forever and ever....)
people started chanting, "Long live the Pope,
Long live the Pope, ..."
after which John Paul paused slightly and said: "Amen."