A Glorious Morning at the Papal Audience in Basilica SquarePublished by ggalvin on October 2, 2013 - 11:36am
It was a glorious morning out in the square in front of the Vatican Basilica. An estimated crowd of 80,000 people from all over the world. From the moment I arrived to stand in line until after the Audience had ended, there was a special sense of excitement and faith in the air. Pope Francis spoke in several different languages excluding English, and several times even during his homily drew applause from the large crowd. The word on the streets around Rome is that each week the crowd at the audience seems to be growing steadily. Now the estimations are that on a regular basis the crowd is between 80 -90 thousand people large. There was no doubt that plaza was completely full today on this beautiful fall day. The Holy Father near the end of the audience lead the singing in Latin of the Pater Noster, after which he imparted his Apostolic Blessing to all and to all those we held in prayer at that moment, family and those who are dealing with serious illness and others. He then began to greet the bishops and cardinals who were present and slowly people began to move about and leave the plaza for lunch. This was a great opportunity and chance to pray for the 41 men who tomorrow will be ordained deacons at the Basilica at 9:30 am Rome time. All of those men are studying at the North American College Seminary here in Rome. Please keep our own seminarians in your prayers, especially Jonathan Ficara who will be one of those ordained tomorrow. Thank you God for a beautiful day in Rome.