Photos from Rome
The Dousedaicon pilgrims arrived at St. Peter's Square at 6:30 a.m. to secure good seats for the Beatification ceremony.
When biographies of the seven beati were read to the Pope, the large portraits above the canopy were still veiled. Their dramatic unveiling (below) brought delight to the huge crowd. Blessed Emilie Gamelin's portrait is second from the right.
Pilgrims patiently wait in the hot sun for the Beatification to begin. This photo shows less than one-third of the congregation.
After the Mass of Thanksgiving, Loretta and Lindon enjoyed a closer look at the portraits of the beati. Dousedaicon pilgrims wore bright yellow scarves throughout the tour.
Afternoon sunlight illuminates the pilgrims as they await the Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Peter's Basilica, Monday, October 8. The sunburst window above the Chair of St. Peter is made of alabaster, signifying the grace of the Holy Spirit.
The full beauty of the dome above the Chair of St. Peter was revealed when the interior lights were turned on. The sight brought a murmur of appreciation from the pilgrims.
The stunningly beautiful baldachino soars above the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica, where only the Pope celebrates Mass. The pilgrims enjoyed the opportunity to tour the basilica and many other religious and historic sites during their 10 days in Rome and Assisi.
Loretta (center) and Sister Brenda Velasco (front left), with her mother and godmother, pose with a few other pilgrims towards the end of the tour. (This photo courtesy Sister Rosalie Locati; all others courtesy Loretta Greene, Archivist)