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The adventure of taking kids to the Pope's General Audience

2013-10-20

With big smiles and with a face that proves their love for candy, every Wednesday thousands of children attend the Popes audience in St. Peters Square. They come with their families or sometimes with their own schools.   

Apparently it's not just adults who have something to say about the Pope. 

"I really liked seeing him. I like that he enjoys having fun and I think he's very friendly!"
"I like that when he comes around in his popemobile, he greets all the kids.” 

This group of visitors says, traveling with kids, is not that big of a challenge. When it comes to their association they believe the more the merrier.

"These kids are like our mascots. When it comes to groups and associations, it's important to have people of all ages. By bringing kids here we want to share this experience with them, so the tradition can continue.” 

For most children, the Eternal City is a like a play ground full of adventures. But how do you explain more complicated concepts like the Michelangelo's art? Or even keeping them entertained as they wait in line at the Vatican?

"What we're doing is, we're having them write an adventure book every day and so they have to pay attention so at the end of the day they're going write all the things that they saw. They've been busy counting cars, we've been looking at the architecture!” 

As parents and teachers know all too well, traveling with kids does pose some challenges. There's lack of sleep and meals schedules that can't always be respected. This family from India says it's just something you learn to manage.  

"She had to sleep. So, you know, things got out of schedule.”  
"And we were not aware there would be this much of a rush there. We were not prepared for it.”  
"I've put the coin in the Trevi Fountain for next time.” 

Memory isn't always the most reliable source. That's why with pictures both parents and children can look back at the unforgettable moments. Before leaving the Eternal City, there's one word that comes up time and time again. 

"Grazie!"


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