Crowds Gather in Paul VI Hall for First Papal Audience Since the Big Announcement

The great Resurrection sculpture in the Paul VI Hall

 In the winter, or whenever the weather is inclement, the Pope’s regular Wednesday General Audience is moved from St. Peter’s Square to the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall.  That was the case today, when thousands of the faithful crowded to hear the Holy Father speak for the first time since his announcement on Monday that he will retire from the papacy on February 28.The Paul VI hall is dominated by Pericle Fazzini’s sculpture, “The Resurrection.”  Dedicated in 1977, the sculptu … [Read more...]