Sunday in Rome

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Today we took a taxi to Borgo Spirito Santo for the 10:00am English mass at Santo Spirito in Sassia Church near St. Peters.

I am standing in front of Spirito Santo with St. Peter's in the background.

I am standing in front of Spirito Santo with St. Peter’s in the background.

Inside Spirito Santo in Sassia after the 10:00am English mass.  It was pretty crowded.  The church dates from the 15th century.

Inside Spirito Santo in Sassia after the 10:00am English mass. It was pretty crowded. The church dates from the 15th century.

After mass we walked up to St. Peter’s Square and went into one of the religious shops where I booght some little items to remind me on my stay in Rome and the Vatican.

I am holding up the sign we made to show we are from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School.  The Square is beginning to crowd for the Pope's Sunday address and Angelus.

I am holding up the sign we made to show we are from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School. The Square is beginning to crowd for the Pope’s Sunday address and Angelus.

 

We then walked into the square as it was filling up with other pilgrims to hear from our Pope and say the Angelus with him.

Up in the window is the Pope addressing the crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter's Square.  He spoke in Italian.

Up in the window is the Pope addressing the crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter’s Square. He spoke in Italian.

After the Angelus we joined the crowd to visit the church itself.  It is fantastic, large and very beautiful. My Mom took lots of photos but down in the crypt where St. Peter and other Pope’s are buried there are no photos.

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Inside St. Peter’s church. The most incredible church I have ever been in. Even St. Patrick’s can’t compare. it is huge, full of art and statues and architecture.

After touring the church we walked outside and met these Swiss Guards.

Leaving St. Peter's we came upon these Swiss Guards at their watch stations.  These guys protect the Pope and are very impressive and colorful.

Leaving St. Peter’s we came upon these Swiss Guards at their watch stations. These guys protect the Pope and are very impressive and colorful.

Because there is something wrong with my Dad’s iPhone battery, he began to run out of power and this was the last photo of me standing on the bridge with the Castelli San Angelo in the background.

On a bridge over the Tiber with the Castelli San Angelo in the background.  On our way back to Via Arcenio via the Piazza Navona area where we will have lunch.

On a bridge over the Tiber with the Castelli San Angelo in the background. On our way back to Via Arcenio via the Piazza Navona area where we will have lunch.

We walked toward Piazza Navona and had lunch alfresco at the Le Pace di Palata where everyone was local and I had to speak Italian.  They all applauded when I orderd my Fanta in Italian.

This is Frederick and tomorrow we go to the Colloseo of Roma.

Oh, by the way, Go Red Devils, Beat Russia!

 

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