I'm in Rome right now with a wonderful group of students from our parish school. What a joy it is to be with them — they have such a marvellous faith, and they're completely awestruck by everything they're experiencing. This morning we were at St. Peter's Basilica, and as we were going by the tomb of Blessed John Paul, they asked especially if we could stop for prayer there, so we did. As I knelt with them, I called to mind all those who are preparing to enter the Ordinariates, and especially the many of you whom I have met, or spoken with by phone.
Late this afternoon we celebrated Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, and the Cardinal Archpriest greeted us beforehand. The students sang the Arcadelt "Ave Maria" for him, and he was visibly moved, commenting that he could tell by their singing that they had a deep love for the faith, and for the Blessed Mother. As I celebrated Mass in that wonderful place, once again I prayed for all those preparing to enter into full communion with the Holy See, asking the special prayers of the Virgin Mary for your intentions.