Sparty Meets Pope Francis

Sparty and I were given the opportunity of a lifetime to go to the Vatican and be a part of the Papal audience. I have always dreamed of being able to see the Pope in person and my dreams finally came true. 

An important tip to remember is that women must dress in conservative clothing that covers both her shoulders and knees. As I was waiting in line to be seated for the Mass, I got as close to the barricades where I knew the Pope would be passing. It was incredible to see Pope Francis and be blessed by him. His presence was almost overwhelming and I am so thankful for this experience.

Although the mass was mostly in Italian, it was still very enjoyable. Even if you are not religious, the Vatican is a truly magnificent place filled with so much history and is definitely worth a visit. The Sistine Chapel, the Holy Door, and St. Peter’s Basilica are just a few things that make Vatican City so special.  

Fun Fact: Vatican City is actually its own country and it is considered the holiest place on earth.

By Christina O’Keefe