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Sisters Waiting for The Pope:
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By Marianne Schwab | Best Travel Deals Tips Blog

When I visited Rome, we visited St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on a Wednesday. I didn't know it at the time, but Papal Audiences are held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM either in St. Peter's Square or in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall. I felt kind of blessed that we just stumbled upon this event. All you have to do is follow the crowds and arrive about two hours early in order to get a good seat or viewing position. We were there in November so it wasn't very crowded at all.

As we were making our way to St. Peter's Square, I came across this group of nuns on their way to see the Pope and this one sister turned and posed for me with sweetest smile.

If you're in Rome and want to see the Pope, the Audience is not a Mass, but a time for pilgrims and visitors to greet, and listen to, the Pope. It lasts about 1 ½ hours and includes prayers, singing, a brief homily or message, and blessings, all in different languages. It's quite a spectacle and I recommend it. You can actually get tickets through the Church of Santa Susanna to reserve a seat in the audience.

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