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It's not always easy to see the Pope up close during his General Audiences

2014-03-23

Every Wednesday, St. Peter's Square is filled with schools, community groups and associations hoping to get close to Pope Francis during the General Audience. Early on, at 7AM, the areas around the barricades, the best place to catch a glimpse, are already full.

This congregation from the Lazio region traveled far away, but with the same hope as others. They did all they could to get as close as possible, but were not successful.

"We saw him from very far away, from the obelisk.”

They chose to come on the feast day of St. Joseph because they said this day is very important for the family. In fact, they took to heart the advice the Pope shared on this day.

"What the Pope advised was for dads to look after the education of their children, let them grow not just age-wise, but above all in wisdom and the grace of God, the world of God. Through wisdom, they will be able to appreciate God and God's words. And with His grace, the frequency of the sacraments and the Eucharistic celebrations.”

Even though they left without seeing the Pope up close, they walk away with his message, and with the hope that the Popemobile will pass by them next time.


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