We’ve started a new tradition of Wednesday afternoon field trips, Giuliangela and I. Last week she took me to Piazza del Popolo and this week she took me to the Vatican. It was so amazing!! I got tears in my eyes as we were approaching it. Vatican City, a country in its own right. I have never felt the presence of God so strongly in my life as I did today. The beauty of the Vatican and the Basilica of St. Peter’s in indescribable. No picture could possible capture it either, hence you all must come see it for yourself as you must come see everything else in Rome for yourself. I love the Vatican. Can you believe the history of the place and the rich tradition it encompases. Wow! We didn’t go to the Vatican museum because you must get there early in the morning, but we did tour the Basilica of St. Peter which made for an amazing afternoon. I tried to take some pictures, but they just don’t do it justice. By the way, we’re going to the Vatican museum the day before we go to Torino. Anyway, I saw some amazing things: the pieta’, the tomb of Pope John Paul II, and the Swiss Guard. We went and prayed in this little chapel (pictures were not allowed) in the Basilica and I couldn’t help but to cry. It’s hard for me to really realize where I am sometimes. I’m actually in Rome. I’m actually at the Vatican, the home of our Pope and the foundation of the Church. This is were the Pope gives mass. This is where so many profound historical events have taken place. Wow! That’s all I can say. I’m speechless.