This close

I know you all want to know if we got to see Pope Francis while we were in Rome.  Well, we got this close.  We just happened to be in St. Mary Major when he showed up to pray there before he left for World Youth Day.  The visit was unannounced, so we were among the blessed who were in the right place at the right time.  This photo was taken by a young woman who was standing beside us (taken without zoom).  The Pope came over to bless the baby of a woman standing between us.  (Yes, we invited her to stand there–knowing how much Papa loves the bambinos!)  In the picture he is blessing the baby and smiling at the mom.  God is full of wonderful surprises for all of us.

Sancte Padre