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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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Before my conversion to the Catholic faith I was visiting Rome in business and had a day off. As I took off by foot to see the city I felt my feet had a will of their own, more or less, and they were going to the Vatican. As I was quite anti-catholic this was a bit surprising. Anyhow, I spent most of the day in St. Peters Basil and truly felt the presence of God in a way I've never been able to in any church before. On my way back to the hotel the traffic just stopped and we sat in the bus for some fifteen-twenty minutes without moving an inch, yet there was no traffic in the opposite lane. As I was moaning about this police cars followed by black cars with men hanging out from the sides were coming in the opposite lane and all of a sudden the Pope mobile came with the Holy Father smiling and waiving towards us in the bus.
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.
In another life, as an engineer for ABC Radio Network...was privileged to fly on Shepherd 1 (his TWA charter plane) during his first visit to the states in 1979. Met him in person, received his blessing, and had about 2 minutes of time with him as I put his wireless mic on for his speech at the Seminary in Chicago to the seminarians.
So, yes, have not only seen, but personally met a Pope. (and, was there in St. Peter's square for both JP-I and II's election as part of the news crew sent over from NY to cover the goings on...
That's wonderful Peter. It was God wooing you home one moment at a time and I am glad that he did.
When I was about nine Pope John Paul II came to St. Lucia. Since my great aunt was being honored by him for her work in the Church on the island, I got to be one of the kids that got to greet him on the tarmac. I will never forget the loving look in his eyes or just the holiness that he exuded. A day to remember for the rest of my life.
I attended a Papal Mass at the Pontiac (Michigan) Silverdome ... seats were in almost the very last row up top, but you could still see JPII .... what a thrill! And to get the Papal Blessing .... it was a wonderful day!
HI Mary Alice! I was there too!
It took a numer of phone calls to get tickets and we were so excited to have the opportunity to attend Mass! I agree- what a blessing!!
Yes I did Pope John Paul II.... It was during the World Youth Day in Manila, Philippines. He was passing by on his way to the general assembly area, it was a great time for he stopped at the place exactly where we are, smiled and bless us; but unfortunately I dont have a camera to take his picture. Indeed an amazing and unforgettable experience.