Yes! Blessed John Paul II before the enclosed Popemobile. We were at the obelisk waiting for his audience when he rode right in front of us. I could not switch from my zoom to wide angle fast enough to catch a photo as he held both of my mother's hands. It was a few years after my brother, my maternal grandmother and my nephew had died. My mother had their photos pinned to her coat. In that moment I had quickly prayed that if he would happen to touch one of us, let it be my mom. Many times I have wished I had dropped my camera. I have one of my photos in my profile...
Saw Pope Paul VI twice....many eons..ago! Once was at the Stations of the Cross during Lent. He was above the square where the Coliseum is.
I remember how majestic he looked with his robes blowing freely in the wind....plus his reverence! (never forget that)
Not long after that...I was at a regular (audience with the Pope) I was perhaps 20 yards away. Poor thing looked so thin and frail; but had the most penetrating eyes~
I have struggled for years to try to capture the experience in words. It's difficult to express adequately the peace, grace, joy, and challenge that those four days in Denver have given me. I went to WYD eager to see my Rocky Mountains again. I never counted on seeing JPII, and honestly didn't really care. But seeing him changed it all. There is no disputing being in the presence of that Man of God... holiness and humility oozed off of him.
He was our great advocate on earth. Our shepherd. Our papa. I have no doubt he is interceding for us, right along side the Blessed Mother, in Heaven.
JPII, I love you! Pray for me!
I saw Paul VI. Met him in 1977. My Aunt (by marriage) had a cousin who was a (eveidently highly-placed) priest at the Vatican. He was giving us a tour of the building and suddenly Paul came down the hallway and stopped to speak with our guide.
When I was about 13 months old, John XXIII held me in his arms. My grandmother was holding me and he stretched out his hands so she let him hold me. He blessed me and returned me to her.
Welcome to the Forums Garrett! Wow, that sounds cool. I have only seen that black smoke in the movies.