To the editor:
I don’t know how many have watched the Holy Father’s Wednesday audiences on EWTN, but I record it and watch later in the day.
His May 1 audience was again attended by an immense crowd. He must have stopped his popemobile more than a dozen times to kiss children who were handed to him. As the camera behind him focused on a group of pilgrims, I noticed an old woman calling out to him. It seemed as if she was being pressed against the barricade by the crowd around her, but there was a woman next to her who looked like she was trying the protect her. The Holy Father had stopped and stepped down near the crowd, and after kissing a couple of more children, went straight to this woman, took her face in both of his hands, kissed her on both cheeks and then, after having said a few words to her, after she in turn maybe told him of a certain cross she was bearing, he blessed her and continued on his way. You could see how overwhelmed she was by the Holy Father’s kindness to her, and I thought to myself, I hope she had someone with her to take care of her. So watch the Holy Father when he’s on EWTN; you never know when someone will catch his eye who will receive a special touch from him.
If you do record him, record a half-hour before and a half-hour after as the Holy Father keeps his own time. I learned this the hard way.