A dream come true for me. I finally have seen St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome! And not only that, we were also lucky to see the Pope!
Minutes after we arrived at St. Peter’s square on Sunday, we heard thousands of people applauding, and when we looked up, a small window opens and there he came out- Pope Benedict XVI. He prayed the Angelus with the crowd and gave everyone there present the Papal blessing.
Here’s a short background about Basilica di San Pietro-
St. Peter’s Basilica (Italian San Pietro in Vaticano) is a major basilica in Vatican City, an enclave of Rome. St. Peter’s was until recently the largest church ever built (it covers an area of 23,000 m² and has a capacity of over 60,000), and it remains one of the holiest sites in Christendom.
Ancient tradition has it that St. Peter’s Basilica was built at the place where Peter, the apostle who is considered the first pope, was crucified and buried; his tomb is under the main altar. Other popes are also buried in and below the basilica. Contrary to what one might reasonably assume, St. Peter’s is not a cathedral – the pope’s cathedral is St. John Lateran.