The Pope Flew Away…a year ago

One year ago today, Pope Benedict XVI left the chair of Peter.

One year ago today, Allie and I hurried out of theology class and rushed Angie and Elise along, heading down Via Cola di Rienzo towards St. Peter’s Square, a route we knew by heart by that point. We waved goodbye and took photographs and, feeling lost, turned away from a big basilica voluntarily without a bishop for the first time in centuries to eat paninis in a little restaurant on Via Ottaviano.

Since the announcement of the pope’s intention to resign a few weeks before (and Jenny sums up what it felt like so very well over here), we knew things would change.

I’m not sure we knew how much, both for us and for the world.

In any case, below is my post from a year ago. (If you’re interested in reading more about this, just put “pope” in that search box in my sidebar and you’ll get dozens of results.)

###Allie was very emotionally distraught

Allie was very emotionally distraught
People crowded the square
People crowded the square
The sunset over St. Peter's
The sunset over St. Peter’s
The usual flags were joined by a giant cross
The usual flags were joined by a giant cross
A second helicopter followed the first so we could see the entire journey from takeoff to landing
A second helicopter followed the first so we could see the entire journey from takeoff to landing

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Their banner said "Grazie"
Their banner said “Grazie”
This was a major plot point in Angels and Demons, if I remember correctly
This was a major plot point in Angels and Demons, if I remember correctly
These two watched intently in perfect silence
These two watched intently in perfect silence
Ciao Papa
Ciao Papa
We watched on the giant televisions as he lifted off and circled Rome
We watched on the giant televisions as he lifted off and circled Rome
The crowd
The crowd

Comments

  1. says

    That’s so cool that you were there. Nothing against the previous Pope but I feel the new one will help the church and it’s place in the world a lot better now.

    • Liv says

      I feel the same way. I have nothing against Benedict, but I so admire Pope Francis in his words and actions.

  2. says

    That is so cool you were in Rome for this event! I was just there last month and I completely fell in love with Rome so much that I have to go back before leaving Europe and going back to reality :) Cheers!

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