A Ticket To Feel Easter at the Vatican
Easter moment to witness firsthand the presence of the Pope in the pulpit of St. Peter's Basilica Vatican
Vatican City - Image Credit M Paath Djojonegoro
Note: The following article was written by a traveler from Indonesia, and settled in Italy, Yohana Dania Wismaningtyas who visited the Vatican in the Easter moment
For most Catholics, setting foot in the Vatican is a dream. Because in this place the opportunity to meet the Pope is very likely.
The Vatican is a country within Rome, Italy. The area of the country is only 44 hectares, population of about 800 souls.
The Vatican is the smallest independent state in the world, both its area and its population, which is internationally recognized.
With such a small population, no citizens from other countries within the Vatican. The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia for the Vatican was in the City of Rome, as were other countries.
So for anyone who resides in the Vatican it is really a government person, including monks and nuns. So the task of the Pope at the Vatican is not merely to guide the Catholics, but also to lead the way of a country.
Currently in Italy has officially entered the spring. Yet the rest of winter still envelopes this year's Easter week.
Speaking of Easter at the Vatican, for three years I have felt it here. You could say almost nothing is too different from what I feel in Indonesia. Whether it's the liturgy or the series.
The series of Easter events such as Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday are still held and led by the Pope at St. Peter's Basilica.
The difference is, there is no White Thursday mass at the Vatican. Here there is only a mass on Thursday morning called the Mass of Krisma.
St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican is the main building of Catholics in Vatican City.
The building is a sacred site in Catholic history and is claimed to be the largest church ever built. The total area reaches 23,000 square meters.
One of the things that made Easter at the Vatican attractive is the need for admission to be one of the tens of thousands of visitors to St. Peter's Basilica.
The ticket was not sold, but it was given a very limited quota, so not everyone could enter haphazardly to St. Peter's Basilica to join the mass. Fortunately, this year I had the opportunity to feel worship there.
Happy Easter from the Vatican!
Source: Yohana Dania Wismaningtyas, CNN Indonesia
Image: M Paath Djojonegoro