Pope Benedict XVI, "Viva il papa!"

We had the pleasure of being in row eight at the Papal Audience with Pope Benedict XVI in October 2010.   The audience was filled with thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, plus many tour groups visiting Rome.   Pope Benedict XVI arrived in his Popemobile and was driven around the circumference of St. Peter’s Square - as he joyously waved and gestured to the crowd….causing many “il Papa” shouts!  

Scribbles and Smiles by J Christina

The Popemobile ascended up the steps and delivered Pope Benedict XVI to the central stage.  He was escorted by security, Cardinals, Bishops and Priests from around the world.The scripture of Matthew was read by Cardinals and Priests in several languages (e.g. Italian, Spanish, French, and English etc.).  After each reading, Pope Benedict XVI spoke in the corresponding language of the scripture reading about St. Bridgette.  During the 90 minute service the visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral choir performed several hymns, as well as a Russian Choir.  The service concluded with the unison reading of the “Our Father” in Latin.  “Viva il papa!”
Scribbles and Smiles by J Christina
Pope Benedict XVI arriving in the Popemobile

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