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“What’s all that commotion?”
Cheering! Yelling! The crowd of hundreds rushes forward. Is it a rock star? we wondered.
No, it was the pope giving his weekly address.
Sean and I had been waiting in a loooooong line at St Peters Cathedral a few months back (seriously, we were like number 1,000 in the line) when the most recent Pope greeted the crowd during his weekly Sunday address. We had forgotten about this ritual, so it was exciting to be there at the right time.
The masses outside St Peter’s Cathedral
A little window opened up, and there stood the pope. It was really quite amazing, like on the level of seeing a Hollywood celebrity. I mean, he’s the leader of the Catholic Church, right? And there he was in that little window talking in multiple languages.
I wish I could say I was moved by his message. But actually, there was a strange echo after he spoke, so it was a little creepy to hear his voice, and then a reverberation of his voice.
Even so, I considered it an excellent opportunity for sociological observation. I happened to glance around at the crowd during all this, and people were in rapt attention to what he was saying. He spoke for only a few minutes, and then POOF! He was gone.
In my life, I’ve seen a short list of celebrities in person. Susan Sarandon, Robert Duvall, Bruce Willis strangely three times… and now I can add the most recent pope to my list.
This experience was all the more meaningful and memorable to me because of his decision to step down from the position.
The downside, however, was that after waiting for nearly an hour, we lost our place in that loooong line.
Are you following any of the secret conclave action on TV? Be honest… are you worried about an infiltration by the Illuminati?