Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Papal Audience

Pope Francis

Pope Francis among the people in Rome.

Every semester, JFRC students are afforded the opportunity to celebrate a papal audience. This tradition dates back to the 1962, when the Rome Center was founded, when John Felice took students to meet the pope. Today, with the hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit the Vatican City to see the pope, we are no longer able to meet the pope personally. Today students wake up as early as 4:30AM on “Audience Day”, grab a cornetto at the Secret Bakery, and wait in line to enter St. Peter’s Square. At the audience, students converge with thousands of pilgrims that come to St. Peter’s Square to hear the Pope’s message of the week. During the audience, the JFRC Community is welcomed and blessed by the Pope. Community members often bring articles to get blessed by Pope, which they then bring to their families at home.