Rome Photos: Day 2


Soulforcers arrive at Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican in the rain on day two.

Bearing gifts for patients at a Rome AIDS hospital, Soulforcers form a human "Christmas Tree" in front of the creche and Christmas Tree at the Vatican.

Singing "We Shall Overcome" as we wait for our gifts to be blessed by a priest, whose blessing never came.

As Vatican pilgrims wait under umbrellas in the rain to enter the Holy Door at St. Peters, Soulforce and Dignity/USA pilgrims wait in the rain for our gifts to be blessed.

As Vatican pilgrims wait under umbrellas in the rain to enter the Holy Door at St. Peters, Soulforce and Dignity/USA pilgrims wait in the rain for our gifts to be blessed.

As Vatican pilgrims wait under umbrellas in the rain to enter the Holy Door at St. Peters, Soulforce and Dignity/USA pilgrims wait in the rain for our gifts to be blessed.

As Vatican pilgrims wait under umbrellas in the rain to enter the Holy Door at St. Peters, Soulforce and Dignity/USA pilgrims wait in the rain for our gifts to be blessed.

After the Soulforce/Dignity USA action at St. Peter’s Square, Mary Louise Cervone, President of Dignity USA, is interviewed by the Associated Press as Rev. Mel White looks on.

We sing and distribute gifts at a hospital for AIDS patients in Rome.

A patient gratefully receives a blanket and other gifts from Soulforce and Dignity/USA delegates.

Judy Osborne presents a gift of an original animal totem drawing created by a Seattle artist to the hospital as our Italian interpreter, Guilia, looks on.

Our host at the hospital, one of its administrators, wearing one of Jeanine’s hand-crafted ceramic Soulforce crosses, looks on as we present our gifts.

Clutching his gift, a patient admires the totem drawing.

Soulforce chair, Rev. Jimmy Creech, and Diana Westbrook look on as the gifts are delivered in the hospital library.

JD Sebastian leads our group of well-wishers in song in a hospital corridor.

Soulforcers visiting patients at the hospital in Rome.

Soulforcers visiting patients at the hospital in Rome.

Soulforcers visiting patients at the hospital in Rome.

In one of the more amazing and wonder-filled moments of our visit, on our return from the AIDS hospital, our bus stops at the Coloseum (in background) and we find a local newspaper, the Metro, opened on a ledge in the rain to the picture and story of our vigil on day one. It was just lying there, open in the rain to the page with the article. We found it just as you see it in this picture. We have no idea how it got there, and yet we know very well and feel a strong sense of blessing as God’s rain falls on us.

Mary Louise of Dignity/USA and Laura of Soulforce, smile for a photo in front of the Coloseum. It was Laura who asked to stop at the Coloseum where we found the miraculous picture in the rain.

Article on the Soulforce/Dignity USA action, which appeared the next day in Corriere Della Sera, the Rome equivalent of the New York Times.

Article on the Soulforce/Dignity USA action, which appeared the next day in Corriere Della Sera, the Rome equivalent of the New York Times.

Article which appeared the day after our initial protest in the Rome newspaper, Metro. This is the article that we found open in the rain when we arrived at the Coloseum.

Article which appeared the day after our initial protest in the Rome newspaper, Metro. This is the article that we found open in the rain when we arrived at the Coloseum.

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