Tens of thousands of people streamed into St Peter’s in Rome on Saturday for the beatification of John Paul the second.
Many are expected to take part in tonight’s vigil in the Circus Maximus ahead of tomorrow’s ceremony. Many have come a long way, and for some the journey has been rough:
“We have been travelling for two years now with our bicycles. We’ve been through Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt – and now we are on our way back home through Israel, Greece and Italy. We heard that the pope will be beatified here, and so we hurried up to be here in time. And now we are here at St. Peters Square to enjoy the atmosphere and it is very nice here,” said one adventurous German man.
“We decided to come and we knew that there was going to be a lot of people. But we did not think that there would be such effervescence the day before. We thought that people were only going to come tormorrow,” said a female French pilgrim.
“I saw the pope, when I was younger, I was 16 years old when he came to Madrid. For me the pope has seemed, since I was a child, to be an admirable person, a person that has to be listened to, that has to be loved. It’s a feeling that cannot be expressed with words,” said a Spanish woman.
“Tomorrow, Saint Peter’s Square will be crowded with people: over one million are expected to come here. And the rain will not manage to spoil the event”, says euronews’ Enrico Bona.