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More on the Papal Hitchhiker...

Posted on the 11 January 2014 by Brutallyhonest @Ricksteroni

... from Catholic News Service:

When Father Fabian Baez booked his trip to Rome, he didn't have an appointment to meet with the pope, so he gave himself ample time in the Eternal City to be able to arrange some way to see him.
A week and a half in Rome seemed like plenty of time to meet up with the pope "because I thought I needed to find a ticket, to get a ticket to a general audience. Instead he found me," the priest told Catholic News Service Jan 9.
Father Baez, a parish priest in the pope's former Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, arrived in Rome late FatherFabianJan. 7 but did not manage to get a ticket to the next day's general audience in St. Peter's Square.
He said he did not worry about it because he still had another week to try. He still went to hear the catechesis anyway, sending out a message on Twitter saying he was on his way to the square.
Little did he know a short time later he would end up having the best seat in the house: first with the pope on the popemobile, then VIP seating during the audience talk.
Father Baez said: "I had no ticket so I couldn't really come into the square. I was outside the audience area. But he saw me from a distance." 
The pope yelled to him, "What are you doing here?" the priest said. And he yelled back, "I came to see you!"
The pope had the driver stop the vehicle. He gestured to the priest to come, "And I ran as best I could," squeezing past the people pressed in front of him, past the large wooden barricades snaking through the square and past a large security detail that is now used to protocol being thrown to the wind.
The pope said, "Come, get on!" and gave the priest an empty seat next to his papal assistant.
The priest said that later, when he thought about it, he felt that phrase "Come, get on" was also meant for the whole world.
"When he invited me, he invited all priests to be near the people," he said, and the pope was also inviting all people "to stand up, rise up and go," and lift their hearts and lives up to the Lord.

There's a bit more at the link. I posted a video of the event on Wednesday... check it out.

Carry on.


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