Sunday, June 4th

So, it's only 5:45 pm here in Rome, a little earlier than my other posts because I think I am in for the evening.  I have to work on my homework.  I'm sure that most of you can appreciate that.  

I'm trying to figure out how I can put today into words for you all.  One of our professors took a group of us to St. Peter's today with the hope of seeing Pope Francis after he said the mass.  When we got there, we realized he was actually saying the mass outside in the square today, which doesn't always happen.  So we were able to be there for the mass said by Pope Francis.  There were thousands of people from different countries and nationalities spread out throughout all of St. Peter's Square.  Overwhelming seems like such a small word for what I experienced today.  Even though the mass was in Italian, I could at least follow along.  I will say I had to pull out my umbrella (which has not been used for rain, which I am extremely grateful for) in order to not bake in the sun.  Yes, I was one of those people in the crowd!  But, if you know me at all, there is no tanning, only burning and I was not up for that.  Luckily, the professor we were with, knew exactly where to stand in case Pope Francis came out in his pope mobile through the crowds.  Again, he doesn't always do this, but everything today must have been aligned for us, so I was able to be within 2 arm lengths of the Pope as he drove by us.  Please see the pictures under the AP Studio tab in Works.  I am so incredibly grateful that I was able to experience today.  The sense of community and peace and love after such a horrible night last night in London was a way to redeem humanity for me.  "Viva la papa!" is something that I will always remember.

Mileage by Andrea: 7.97 miles