The roads where the Pope would travel on were all regulated with inspection points for baggage. They even checked my diaper bag, thoroughly inspecting its contents one by one.
Recently, the Pope made a visit to the U.S. First making his stop in Cuba, he then traveled to Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia. The entire U.S.
had become caught up with the Pope’s visit from even days before he arrived.Since the Pope is the highest-ranking bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, I was vaguely imagining if he was similar to an ajari of Japanese Buddhism, or perhaps the chief priest at the Ise Grand Shrine or the Emperor of Shinto. I realized, though, that they’re not quite the same.
Streetlamps with the flags of the United States of America
the Vatican and Washington, D.C.
Religiously speaking, they probably are the same or similar, but they’re completely different in terms of scale. The Catholic Church is said to have around 1.2 billion believers in the world, boasting the greatest number of believers out of the many religions that exist. I asked a Protestant friend of mine if Protestants also revere the Pope. His answer was, “Although not as much as Catholics do, we still do revere him. If you were to ask how interested we are in the Pope, well, it’s kind of vague.” I’m not a Catholic. In fact, I’m not a Christian for that matter. It’s probably completely different from the earnest desire of Christians who wish to see him, but I also have the desire to see the Pope, and would consider it an honor to have the opportunity to see him at least once in my lifetime. So, I decided to go out and enjoy this air surrounding the Pope’s visit.
People rushing to the station after seeing the parade. Conception,Can you get an idea for the size of the crowds?
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate located inside the Catholic University of America,where the Pope later visited to celebrate Mass.