This afternoon I went down to the Apostolic Palace, where some of the new cardinals were receiving visitors in a traditional public reception that follows a consistory. It is the opportunity for “average folks” and “VIPs” alike to meet the new cardinals and wish them well. Here are four photos from that visit.
The entrance to the Apostolic Palace, going through the Bronze Doors that are located inside St. Peter’s Square. As you can see, it’s not a very elaborately-decorated hallway. At the end is the famous “Scala Regia” or “Royal Staircase”:
An “artsy” shot looking up the Scala Regia:
At the top of the staircase, which goes up to the right, is this room, the Sala Ducale (which I guess would translate as the Ducal Hall). That doorway you see in the back goes into another large hall. Behind me and to the right is the Pauline Chapel, and just to my left is the Sistine Chapel (both outside of the photo, and both closed today):
Finally, here’s the Vatican’s Secretary of State, a Cardinal as of today, His Eminence Pietro Parolin, to whom I offered my prayers:
Pray for the new cardinals!