Hello to all you blogolites.
We had a surprise guest today here in Rome: the sun! It has been very cloudy and raining a great deal the past week so this was a welcome change. I hope it lasts.
Tim and I went to St. Peter's Square this morning to shoot some interviews and some promos. On the way we bumped into Terry Donilon, the Secretary for Communications for the Archdiocese of Boston. We have only seen Terry a couple of times because of his busy schedule and our schedule put us in different locations in the city.
Back to the square. They are setting up for the election of a pope. The Vatican has a lift truck that they used to install the curtains in the middles balcony where the new Holy Father will walk out from.
As I was watching the installation of the curtain I made my way over to the the beautiful statue of St. Peter holding the keys to the Church and was struck by the view of the balcony behind the statue. It is striking to see the picture of St. Peter and behind him look at the balcony where the successor of Christ will walk out from:
The staff at the Vatican is huge in number. They are buzzing around the square preparing. They are only outnumbered by the security. Here is a picture of the staff removing some of the barricades so they can put in chairs:
The number of press here is growing by the minute. Some try to sneak into the square but they are quickly confronted and ushered out. The press mostly line the gate that surrounds the square. They actually are in the street and cars need to dodge them. As I wrote in a previous post these are the best drivers in the world. No horns, just quick turns and cuts in traffic.
It is an amazing day in Rome as the world prepares for the Conclave. Stay with the CatholicTV Network and in particular Father Reed, Msgr. Maroney, Kevin Nelson, and me for exclusive coverage. You can watch on CatholicTV.com, your iPhone/iPad or Android, Roku or GoogleTV.