10 October 2009

Preparations are underway

...for tomorrow's canonization of five Saints in St. Peter's Square, the most well-known of whom is Father Joseph Damien de Vuester, a.k.a. the "leper priest."
In St. Peter's Square workers are seeing to the final preparations for the Mass, for which some thirty thousand tickets have are being distributed:

The "doors" to the Square open at 8:00 a.m. for the Mass which is to begin at 10:00 a.m. I'm told tickets have even been distributed for standing room in the Via Conciliazione, the street leading away from St. Peter's Square.
It is a rainy day here in Rome. Ordinarily, this is not a pleasant thing, but today it is because the rain has cooled the temperatures nicely.

And even on a cloudy day, this sight brings a ray of light pointing heavenward:

If the rain does not let up, today will be a good day to read again a biography of this holy man.

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