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The Pope is definitely one of the major attractions of Rome. Even not being Roman Catholic, one may consider joining crowds on St. Peter Square either for Sunday Mass or for so-called Wednesday Audience to see him (it is not likely to be her for a while yet). It is like going to Buckingham Palace with the hope to spot the Queen, who is by the way as well the Head of the Church of England. When I was in Rome several years ago the Pope was Polish as myself which added a nice feeling to the situation. Please note that the tomb of the first Pope, St Peter, is located beneath the St Peter Basilica, and it was the place where he was executed. The times have obviously changed since, and so the current Pope can choose to retire in peace. In few days emka goes to Rome and she will be there in the very historical moment when the Pope resignation becomes effective. This inspired me to find in my archives a picture of the Pope taken in Rome a while ago (It is the previous Pope John Paul II). The election of the new Pope is supposed to happen in March. I think this would be a great time to visit, and have the opportunity to photograph the white or black smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel. For Roman Catholics, the election of the new Pope means very much as it may change their whole life, especially if the new Pope appears to be less conservative which is most likely to be the case.

This photo is a scan of negative.

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