On every Wednesday, the Pope holds a general audience in St. Peter’s Square for pilgrims from all over the world. Attendance is entirely free of charge, but you need to reserve tickets to the occasion. For more information, visit this website: http://www.papalaudience.org.
For tickets, I contacted the Santa Susanna American Community in Rome in advance, and was advised to arrive at St. Peter’s Square three hours earlier. So I got there around 7:00AM, and was met by a long queue:
After taking seats and waiting idly for two hours or so, I heard beautiful organ from somewhere and a wide applause as Pope Francis appeared.
Actually, this wasn’t the first time I saw Francis Pope. I first saw him at 2014 Asian Youth Day in South Korea. After three years, I was delighted to see him again in same good health.
This is the best shot of Pope Francis I took on that day, and currently the background photo of my Samsung Galaxy Note. He always wears a merciful smile in every good picture I take.
We heard a passage from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans and Pope Francis’ catechesis on faith and hope from the story of Abraham and his wife Sarah who miraculously had their son above the age of 90.
For full text, visit this page.
After the address, we watched the Pope greeting with special guests. If you arrive early and successfully took a seat in the front, this could be a good chance to see him closely.
These are some of the pictures I took of the eye-catching Swiss Guards.
After a long wait to see his face again from the groups of special guests, we managed to wave goodbye as he exited from St. Peter’s Square.
For religious tourists, no visit to the Vatican is complete without seeing the Pope. The Papal Audience was the peak of my visit to the Vatican, which brought me spiritually closer to the holy site and sparked my wish to come back for further events. As we retreated from St. Peter’s Square, I silently thanked God for the gift of the day and prayed for another chance to come back again.