What a day today has been! Catechesis this morning was brilliant, as normal. This morning, we were lucky enough to have a Bishop from Malta talk to us and he was as inspiring as the others we had heard, which was great.
The testimonies had just started, which today included one from Agata, who is one of our own, who spoke about our time in Caxius do Sul, when we (the Media people) had a message saying go to the Media Centre as soon as possible, so of course we just upped and went!
After catching a bus, we arrived at the Media Centre and caught up with some work before we were told that there were two wristbands available that would get us into the Press Centre for Via Crucis! Clive volunteered to stay with the group, so off we went to the coach that would take us to the Press Centre and we were so excited! Eventually we got there, had all the security checks and finally we got into the Centre itself and just as we sat down, Clive came in! All three of us were there together, so it was really special for us to share that opportunity as a Media group. For a temporary Centre, it was pretty amazing! There was wi-fi and plugs available to us, so we were sorted. Then we found where we could sit and we had the perfect view of the stage, which was completely fantastic! We took lots of photos before the Pope had even arrived.
When he did arrive, the Centre started buzzing even more so than before and the photographers headed over to the side to try and capture that perfect picture of the Pope as he once again whizzed by in his Popemobile. However, there were two points between the Fort and the stage where he stopped the Popemobile and actually got off to talk to people, which, again, is something I’ve never seen before! He’s such an amazing person!
A huge cheer went up when he arrived on stage and quite rightly so! He then greeted as many people on stage as he could. This took about ten minutes, but of course no-one minded! It was only when he sat down that the Via Crucis could start.
The Stations were acted, not statues, so they were very different and they were more representative of the Stations, rather than depicting the actual Stations. They were still wonderful though! It took about an hour to complete the Fourteen Stations, the last one being right in front of the Pope. Then His Holiness gave the final blessing and we headed on that long walk home, absolutely full of joy at what we had seen and experienced!
The venue of tomorrow’s Vigil and Sunday’s Final Mass has been changed to Copacabana Beach instead of Campus Fidei, as the airfield has been completely flooded, so it’ll be an interesting weekend!