It was a long plane ride to Rome today.
We landed at 7:10 Rome time and
caught a cab to the hotel. Tim and I put our luggage in our rooms and we
were off and running.
As we moved through the narrow streets of Rome you
could sense the excitement among the many people who inhabit this ancient city.
There is a buzz in the air and you can see people talking and pointing to the
press and to St. Peter's Dome. They all know that history is at hand and
they feel part of the change.
Our first stop was to get our press credentials.
Msgr. Tighe, a friend of CatholicTV, met us and made the process much
easier. The press office itself reminded me of a bee hive. People
moving in all directions in and out of the front doors. It was constant
motion and we had to watch our step so we did't get caught in the traffic
flow--not of cars, but of humans.
We left the press office and met with
Father Rosica and Sebastian. Father Rosica is in charge of Salt and Light Television in Canada and is in Rome to assist Father Lombardi with the press.
Both he and Sebastian were kind enough to tape interviews with us.
Peter's is overrun by press. It made me think of the role of the Catholic
Church in the world. This is not a Church in decline but a Church that is
alive, vibrant and relevant. Some try to diminish the Church because they
disagree with the teachings. They want the Church to ebb and flow with societal
change. But the Church stands with the teachings of Christ. Its
foundation is solid. Its beliefs are not negotiable based on polls or the
popular thinking at the time. It is a rock.
We are now off to press
conferences and a live interview for This is the Day. More to come from
Rome my friends. Thank you for reading my musings.