November 05, 2012. (Romereports.com)
This backpack is not for average tourists. The Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization released it for pilgrims who plan to celebrate the Year of Faith in Rome.
The kit includes a map with seven different itineraries, a credential, pilgrim passport that will actually be stamped in basilicas. It has a candle, a prayer book and a bracelet to skip the long lines.
Getting a kit is quite simple. One has the option of reserving a kit online by sending an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're ready to buy it, for a total of five euros, just log onto www.annusfidei.va
After the purchase is made online, pilgrims can go pick them up when they arrive in Rome.
Just take your receipt or confirmation number, to different information centers.
-St. Peter's Square: Piazza Pio XII, 9
-Porta Angelica: Via dei Corridori
-Historic Center: Via della Pigna, 13 A
-St. John Lateran: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 6
-St. Peter's Prison: Clivo Argentario, 1Vittorio Emanuele Monument, near Piazza Venezia: Via di San Pietro in Carcere.
For pilgrims who maybe don't want to follow the set itineraries, one can also ask for a free bracelet to walk into St. Peter's Basilica, without having to wait in line. The bracelet is available at the information centers.