The World is arriving in Rome!

Yesterday in Rome was an action-packed day! So many things to do, so little time to write.

The packed Shalom Mass, ahead of the Canonisations
The packed Shalom Mass, ahead of the Canonisations

In the morning, a Brazilian pilgrim and I went to a local supermarket to but various food items for our group. I had know idea they liked Kinder so much in Italy!

Afterwards, we headed to the centre of Rome, using the buses, then train, to arrive for the Mass organised by the Brazilian Catholic community called Shalom. It was very atmospheric, and was lead by a Polish Cardinal.

We then went to the “afterparty”, in a manner of speaking, where we first had some grub from McDonalds and enjoyed live music and testimonies from Shalom. The evening was topped off with a period of Adoration, which was very powerful.

Eucharistic Adoration with the Shalom Community
Eucharistic Adoration with the Shalom Community

A friend of mine called me afterwards to say that she’d just arrived in Rome, so we quickly tried to return to our accommodation to meet her at the gate. By this time, it was midnight, but, as has been the case here so far, this was quite early in the day!

We stayed up for another few hours, chatting and having a good time.

And so, this morning, we’re about to head off for a reunion of volunteers that worked for the Local Organising Committee of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro last year.

And talking of which, I’ve already started to noticed lots of groups in the city with their country’s flag – it’s starting to feel like a World Youth Day event itself!