I got settled in safely and soundly this morning and, for lunch, had caprese.
Later in the afternoon I said Mass at the tomb of St. Philip Neri in the Chiesa Nuova. I will say Mass for the intention of my benefactors, you donors, tomorrow, late afternoon Rome Time.
I met with friends on the roof of the Minerva Hotel for a pre-prandial. Mine was campari soda.
It was great to see and spend time with Bp. Morlino here. As you can imagine, there are many bishops here. Bp. Morlino said that there would be as many as 700! It will look like a council.
The view from one direction.
My small group went to Fortunato near the Pantheon for supper. While we were seated outside, a group of Portuguese students with their priest chaplain stopped and peered over the hedge by our table and asked if it was truly I, Fr. Z. I responded in the affirmative. We chatted for awhile and got a group shot or two. Really great young men, full of faith and energy. Portugal needs many more like these men!
Spaghetti alle vongole.
Heading back to grab a cab and get some shut eye. Jet lag has taken hold.