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From 'The Jungle Book' to... St. Peter's Square!

2014-06-15

More than 200 scouts of all ages filled St. Peter's Square during the last General Audience. They came all the way from Caserta, south Italy, to see Pope Francis.

"The audience was very beautiful. The Pope said that we must follow the Lord, which is something that we already do, but it's was good having this reminder.”

This group of little explorers was ready to make any effort possible to get to the Vatican on time. They had a 5-hour ride to arrive to St. Peter's half an hour before the beginning of the Audience. But, alas, they didn't count on the whims of Roman traffic.

"We left at 4 AM in the morning and we got to Rome at 9:30. We had reserved seats, but we arrived late because of the traffic... So we could only see the Pope from one side of the Square. Anyhow, it was really nice.”

Still, they didn't miss the chance of proudly showing off their uniforms, as well as their hats, ribbons and flags. Each one of them has a different meaning.

"The kids wearing hats are 'wolf cubs' and range from 8-years-old to 11-years-old. They follow 'The Jungle Book,' the book by Kipling. The older ones, whose ages go from 11 to 16, live in tents, in the wild... And then the oldest ones, from 18 to 21-years-old, are devoted to service.”

There was no trace of fatigue or disappointment on their faces, despite the long trip and the Roman heat. They are ready to start their trip back home, happy they saw Pope Francis.


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