By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis
I’ve seen Pope Francis three times in six days, starting with the night he was elected. Every time I’ve had to wear the highest heels I own just to see over the heads of the massive crowds. I could also have done with a pair of binoculars.
On Sunday, I arrived at St. Peter’s around 11.15am for the midday Angelus. The square was already packed and a massive crowd of hundreds, if not thousands were waiting to get in. I decided to use my press pass to go up to the roof area between St Peter’s and the colonnade (Braccio Carlo Magno) as it didn’t even look as though I’d be able to get into the square. On the roof there were dozens of TV and photo journalists with many more camped under temporary gazebos on buildings near-by.
A new Pope is always a massive event, but Pope Francis is really giving journalists “bang for their buck”. One thing is his complete unpredictability. Popes generally stick to set texts that have been carefully written for their speeches. Pope Francis has departed from his set text on every public occasion so far – much to the delight of his audience. Continue reading