Standing in line for 12 hours to see John Paul II in Rome; a peaceful pilgrimage

There’s so little time and so many stories to share, like the time I stood in line for 12 hours to see John Paul II lying in State. I wasn’t even religious, but this was one of the most popular and beloved Popes, history’s most well traveled and first non-Italian to hold the title of Bishop since the 16th century.  

The year was 2005 and I’d been living in Rome for a couple of years, in Trastevere, just minutes from the epicenter, it was epic…

Published by baileyalexander

An American living in Piemonte. Sailed across the Atlantic aboard our 43 Nauticat in 2002 and spent over a decade living in Rome, Paris, Prague, Malta, Venice and Bucharest before settling in Piemonte, Italia.

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