I just had to share this great farewell photo and beautiful article that my son sent me of many friends from his University. This is the University of Dallas, Rome Campus... How exciting that he will be there next year to meet the new Pope! Original link at EWTN. This campus looks beautiful...Can I go too?
College students in Rome send farewell message to Benedict
By: Michelle Bauman
Dressed in multi-colored togas, the students interrupted their activities to send the Pope a special message as he passed close to their campus. They aligned themselves on the school’s soccer field to spell out the word “Benedictus” and cheered as the retiring Pope passed.
On Ash Wednesday, students “showed up en masse” to the papal Mass, which Taylor called “an inspiring occasion” and his first glimpse of the Holy Father in person since arriving in Rome. With the announcement of the resignation, he said, “every opportunity to see him became even more important.”
The university was able to obtain tickets for the entire student body on the Rome campus to attend the Pope’s last general audience on Feb. 27. Classes were canceled and students were woken up at 5:30 a.m. to travel by bus to St. Peter’s Square. “Everyone at the audience was very enthusiastic,” Taylor said, adding that it was an “exhilarating experience” to hear the Holy Father address the pilgrims from around the world “in their native tongues.”
Thomas agreed, adding that the event was “a moment of great unity,” showing “the vitality and joy” of the Church as the Pope promised “his continued love and prayers.”
As the Catholic Church now waits for the cardinals to elect a new Supreme Pontiff, the University of Dallas students are grateful for the blessing of being in Rome during such a historic time.