Monday, Sister Vanda (from our Montreal community) and I took a (very slow) train north to Arezzo, a medieval town just this side of Florence. The Pauline community there welcomed us, as they
would (hours later) welcome my provincial superior, Sister Leonora, who was coming to visit one of the sisters she had spent years with in Moscow. Sister Vanda was visiting the same sister, and I was there mostly for the art. I couldn't take as many pictures as I wanted (too many of those Vietato Foto signs greeting me), but those I managed to get will give you some idea of this incredible Tuscan town. In a way, it was also to our advantage that we took the inexpensive train. It stopped in so many little villages along the way that I was able to see a lot of the countryside.
Today a large group of us went to Pope Francis' Wednesday open-air talk in St Peter's Square. Sister Vanda (my companion from Arezzo) had made arrangements for several of us to get tickets from a Sister of the Divine Master (our sister-congregation, founded by Blessed James Alberione). We had to meet her at quarter to seven. Or maybe seven. Or seven-fifteen.
Sister met us outside the Porta Santa Anna (we had just gotten out of the 7:00 Mass there), and led us with some other people right past the Swiss Guard and behind the colonnade. We made a slight left and walked by the Swiss Guard's chapel, and then kept going, in through a door in the great Leonine wall itself.
|Note the halberd-style grate.|
|NunBlogger casts a long|
shadow after passing through
the Bronze Doors.
|Clear image of Babushka-Man in front of me. |
He had a great view.
|Babushka-Man was here|
I waited 35 minutes, and there were still the canines and their masters lined up along a row of another hundred people. Ah, Francis! I went for pranzo.