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Thursday, June 30, 2011
After arriving in our Port City of Civitavecchia, we boarded a private train that would take us to St. Peter's train Station.
It was a fun 1 1/2 hour train ride.
Our tour guide escorted us to Vatican City. I snapped a picture of this Nun walking in front of us. I thought it was cute that she had gone shopping.
Once you go through the entrance into St. Peter's Square, you are now in the boundaries of Vatican City. It is the world's smallest City-State-Country, encompassing only 110 acres. It is a Walled enclave within the city of Rome. There are approximately 800 people who call Vatican City Home. Once you enter St. Peter's Square you First take notice of St. Peter's Basilica and that famous dome. We were SO fortunate to be here on a Wednesday, the POPE holds Mass in St. Peter's square on Wednesdays and Sundays. Normally you must have an advance ticket to get in, but due to smaller then normal crowd size we were allowed in.
The Obelisk in the center of St. Peter's Square.
On January 22, 1506, Pope Julius the 2nd founded the Pontifical Swiss Guard and used them as his Personal body guards and this tradition continues on today. The Swiss Guards continue to wear their traditional Uniforms. Recruitment is arranged by a special agreement between the Holy See and Switzerland. All recruits must be Catholic, unmarried males with Swiss citizenship who have completed their basic training with the Swiss Army.
The Apostolic Palace, this is where the Pope resides.
Here comes Pope Benedict XVI, he is from the lower part of Bavaria in Germany. By this point, I am beyond excited to be in the Presence of this Holy Man. It was unreal to me. And I am not Catholic. But I truly felt Honored.
There was only one other person in front of me next to the chains that blocked off the roadway for his Pope Mobile to get through. I felt his wave go over me. It was unbelievable to say the least.
He arrives on the stage and greets the cheering crowd, what you here in the background even over the cheering crowd is a Massive Organ playing wonderful music, I taped it on my I-Phone and if I figure out how to download this, I promise I will.
I told my hubby, if we had to leave Rome now, I would leave a happy girl!!!!