My General Audience Experience with Pope Francis

February 13, 2018


Photo credit: Alexa Traviesa/ACHONA online

Pope Francis focuses on praying for the world to become a less secular and more beautiful place.

The purpose of traveling to Rome for a week long trip was an Opus Dei initiative. This is a personal prelature of the Catholic Church which teaches people that their lives could become sanctified through ordinary work and it is dedicated to a very special prayerful devotion to the Holy Father. The papal office of Pope Francis arranges what are called general audiences. It is an event attended by anyone who will pay to enter. General audience takes place either outside in St. Peter’s square or inside of the papal auditorium. This event is an opportunity for the people to interact with and see the Pope.

(Photo credits: Alexa Traviesa/Achona Online)February 7, 2018 a general audience with the Pope was held inside the papal auditorium.

First the Pope, greeted the audience. After his greeting, translators repeated the Pope’s greeting in their languages. The languages present were, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, French, and English. After the translated greetings, and Italian circus group performed for the Pope. There were acrobats, jugglers, and clowns. The performance was full of color and life.  

(Photo credits: Alexa Traviesa/Achona Online)The Pope then said the performers were beautiful and performed magnificently.

 At the end of the general audience, he walked to the people in the crowds to meet various people: disabled people (he spent 20 min with each), brides and grooms, and nuns.

(Photo credits: Alexa Traviesa/Achona Online)
When Pope Francis approached everyone, he extended his arm to hold their hands as they spoke to him.

In spanish I asked the Pope to please pray for Venezuela. My mother is from there and the country is suffering a horribly oppressive violent communist dictatorship suffering from extreme levels of poverty and hunger. Violation of basic human rights, including violent arrests and killings are happening regularly.  Pope Francis responded in spanish saying, “Yo reso por Venezuela cada dia. Resa por mi,” which translates to, “I pray for Venezuela every day. And please pray for me.”

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