The instructions for the meeting place were unclear, so a group of us were waiting in the wrong place. Got that all sorted out and met our guide who led us through a huge crowd to a section of seating that didn't appear too promising, but proved to be excellent for Pope-spotting as Pope Francis made his way around St Peter's square in the Popemobile. Our guide explained the protocol for the papal audience and also told us the history of St Peter's basilica, the square, and the rather new tradition of weekly audiences. He was well-informed and personable. The experience was moving and profound, even in the intermittent rain.
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