An enormous crowd turned out in support of the Holy Father Sunday, filling St. Peter’s Square to overflowing.
The Vatican said around 150,000 people attended the Regina Coeli prayer yesterday. Other estimates put the crowd higher, at 200,000.
The pilgrims, many of whom were members of the new movements, had come from all over Italy to show their solidarity with Benedict XVI, and to call for a purification of the Church after the recent disclosures of sexual abuse by clergy over the past 50 years.
The Pope, visibly moved and rejuvenated by the outward expression of support, spoke of his “deep gratitude” for their presence, and repeated what he said on his trip last week to Fatima: that...READ MORE