It was pouring rain. It was about two o'clock in the morning. It was the Vatican Basilica on Christmas before dawn. It was his last Christmas. I was trying to keep from weeping. My roommate was shouting in Italian for the Holy Father to look at us. He did. I took the photo as he blessed us (do you see the second pope on the right?).
Then, they neared us. I screamed in Latin: Ad multos annos! My roomate screamed Ti voglio bene! Next, the procession halted and he was directly in front of us. We all screamed and he stared at my roommate and I (I will never forget that stare). Lolek, prega per noi!