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Canonization ceremony draws many first time travelers to Rome

2014-04-28

Arriving to St. Peter's Square for the canonization of two Popes is sure to be an exciting time for anyone. But for a few, it was an adventure. One that took planing, and even overcoming fears.

JESSICA DUARTE RAMIREZ
"We'll be here Sunday, God willing. I pray to God, and also to John Paul II, because I'm not very good with flying on airplanes.”

Missing out was not an option. The once in a lifetime event drew many first-time travelers, people who have never stepped foot outside their country.

JESSICA DUARTE RAMIREZ
"I thought that only my country, Costa Rica existed, that nothing else was there. To come here, see another world, meet other cultures, meet other people, for me it's been impressive.”

FERMIN VAN GELDEREN
"It never happened before. There's a reason why it's happening now. I think that we shouldn't try to control every situation, but rather to see, and not to be mystical, but see what God has planned for you today.”

Their decision to make the trip needed little convincing. But it did take planning over the course of several months, and lots of willpower to see it through.

FERMIN VAN GELDEREN
"A small example: Should I buy this ice cream? Yes, but also, I could use that coin in Rome to take the subway to the Vatican. So you have to be a good administrator, and I'm not.”

Despite any hardships and sacrifices, these first time visitors agree that, even before the start of the ceremony, the visit is already well worth it.


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