National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

A somber St. Peter's Square

The square outside St. Peter’s Basilica was busy the night of Feb. 26. Crews were setting up chairs, barricades, cameras and lights in anticipation of the final general audience of Pope Benedict XVI. Amid the hubbub, pilgrims and visitors milled quietly on the square, giving the scene a somber dignity.  Standing in the square in the early evening, one could see lights burning brightly in the  papal apartment, leading to the question: want occupies Benedict’s minds on his nights.

According to Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, Benedict is focusing on prayer these days.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, is his last public appearance. Thursday is his last day in office. And then retirement.

Take a look inside our August 29 edition. Watch now.
screen-shot_FB-video-promo-8-29.jpg

Feature-flag_GSR_start-reading.jpg

NCR Email Alerts

 

In This Issue

August 29-September 11, 2014

08-29-2014.jpg

Not all of our content is online. Subscribe to receive all the news and features you won't find anywhere else.