We're currently celebrating 150 years at the North American College. Among the other big events was a meeting with the Holy Father this morning. Every previous pope from Pius the 12th, John the 23rd, Paul the 6th, and even JP2 visited the NAC. Ok JP1 did not visit the NAC but we had a pretty good streak going. Pope Benedict invited us over to his house instead today for a short gathering.
Somehow, my dumb luck or something, I got to shake his hand. :)
Here are some pictures from the event. It was raining, hard, but that did not stop all the fun.
A long dark trail of black across St. Peter's.
The famous bronze doors that we just happened to pass through...
Everyone anxiously anticipating the Pope's arrival.
The Pope is that white dot up there. As you can see, Rome has yet to catch on to the U.S. idea of seating everyone so that they all have a good view of the Pope.
Pope giving out handshakes...