23 Mar

Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss
ISO1600, f/2.8, 1/80, raw

This view is reserved to the Popes, because them only can celebrate the mass from here, the Holy Altar. As I told you yesterday, these altars are present solely in the papal basilicas, Saint Paul Outside the Walls, St. Mary Major, St. Peter’s, and St. John Lateran, and in the next days Pope Francesco will celebrate mass from each of them, as the tradition wants.
This isn’t any news, though, the big Pope-News of the day is that Pope Francesco paid a visit to the former Pope Benedetto XVI at Castel Gandolfo. Pope Francesco traveled by helicopter, because both the City of Vatican and the papal villa on the Albano lake (near the town of Castel Gandolfo) have an heliport. The media reported a long and touchy hug of the two men, which then left the cameras for a private meeting.
Now the thing is, I can just tell you what I’m reading on the press, since I’m no journalist, so I don’t get any access to these kind of events. I never felt sorry not to have kept working to become a journalist like in these days of the new “Habemus Papam” theme.
Everyday I look at the papal agenda and see events I won’t be able to shoot, or I get to the public events just to realize that the best observing points are all reserved to the media…
But it’s fine, I’ll tell the story of the new Pope as “a simple Roman citizen would”. This is the whole point of the theme, after all.

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