Bright costumes and lively songs added a touch of color to the general audience this week. The pilgrims from Malawi, Africa came to represent their country in the historic canonization taking place this Sunday.
"Today we are here for the audience because we love Pope Francis very much because of his insistence on helping the poor. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world.”
With great excitement and anticipation the pilgrims feel very fortunate that they are able to spend these few days in Rome with Pope Francis.
"It’s very very emotional because Malawi is very far away from Rome and you might see the Pope on television or you read about him in the newspapers, but to see him very close to you is something that leaves an indelible impression.”
They journeyed to the Eternal City to attend the canonization of John Paul II, saying that they held a great admiration for the Polish Pope since his visit to their country in 1989.
"In 1992 there was a movement towards democracy. Before there was a dictatorship so we Malawians believe that this visit from the Pope started the movement from a dictatorship to a democracy.”
The colorful costumes that greeted John Paul II twenty five years earlier in Malawi, were displayed once again by the pilgrims in St. Peter’s square. The group wanted to show the people of Rome the spirit of their country, and their lively presence did not go unnoticed.