A Visit to the Apostolic Palace

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”:

Unfortunately they had those hideous fluorescent energy efficient lightbulbs everywhere.

An “artsy” shot looking up the Scala Regia:

Those lightbulbs!

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):

At this point we’re to the right side of St. Peter’s Basilica when you look at it from the Square. Again, the colors are all messed up and there’s a lot of glare. Not a good photography day.

Finally, here’s the Vatican’s Secretary of State, a Cardinal as of today, His Eminence Pietro Parolin, to whom I offered my prayers:

Imagine how he felt after greeting probably 1,000 people and smiling for three or four hours straight!

Pray for the new cardinals!

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