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Postcard from Italy: A breathtaking view of the pope

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

We walked up and up and up a narrow winding staircase wondering how old the stone was under our feet.

Three of us local media members covering the Michigan team’s visit to Rome opted to watch the Papal audience Wednesday from high atop the colonnades at St. Peter’s Square.

It was designed and built by Bernini between 1656 and 1667 and it is spectacular. There we were among the 140 statues of saints high along the balustrade.

It was quite spectacular and as many of the Michigan players described, quite surreal. Even seeing and speaking to the Papal Swiss Guard, the high-end military of ex-Swiss soldiers who protect the Pope and secure the area and seeing their colorful Renaissance-style clothing was beyond unique.

But being high above the crowd was breathtaking. No press box will ever compare to this.