WASHINGTON – Excitement and emotion filled the air a block from the Apostolic Nunciature Tuesday afternoon as hundreds of spectators crammed behind barricades hoping to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis.
Kelvin Suddason and I were following the scene to cover the pope’s visit. The sound of music and singing could be heard as we neared the crowd of anxious spectators.
A large group of people formed a moving circle while singing Spanish religious melodies. In the center a small makeshift band accompanied them with guitars, drums, a tambourine and a flute.
As we interviewed people in the crowd, we felt the anticipation building.
Some had waited more than four hours, just for the chance to see the pope. To pass the time, children played and drew on construction paper. Others checked their phones, and many kept firm in their places along the barricades to protect their viewing spots.
Eventually, Pope Francis arrived at the Vatican’s embassy about 5 p.m. After stepping out of his gray Fiat, Pope Francis waved to those nearby and quickly went inside.
Some were upset they didn’t get to see him, but others were content knowing they were in his presence.
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