Some of us began our day walking with Fr. Gribble to see the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. It as spectacular. Plus, there was a Mass in a side chapel and a choir offering hymns in a second - a magical moment.
Then we headed out to see Vatican City. The impressive St. Peter’s Square, the Basilica (including the Sistine Chapel), and the magnificent Vatican Museum – totally amazing! And, while there were no sightings of Pope Francis, his spirit certainly filled the area. Plus, the square was set up for the canonization service for new saints. Our guide Paola was so knowledgeable and kind - and able to maneuver us through the crowds relatively intact!!
Many of us returned to the hotel and (after vacating the hotel bar area) enjoyed a Picnic a la Roma on the steps outside.