Brief Opinion of the Day

April 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello everyone, just wanted to give a quick summary of the day before we head off to bed.

We started early this morning with an adventurous trip to the Metro, by which we eventually arrived at the Weston hotel in D.C. and met up with Dr. Coyle. While we were waiting to organize the events for the day, we were interviewed by multiple news stations including Fox News (Radio). While doing this we also filmed some of our own footage and were able to watch both the President and the Pope Benedict’s speeches given from the White House. It was awesome to get our first good look at the Pope on his 81st birthday in America!

After a while we made our way to the campus of CUA, and then the waiting began. Somehow, though, we managed to fill the few free hours we had by interviewing many people and fooling around with each other (especially through the use of our cameras!).

The big moment came around 5:30 when the Papal motorcade finally arrived outside the Basilica. It’s almost impossible to describe the extreme level of emotion that was present during the few minutes when the Pope drove up, blessed the crowd, and then entered the church. All I can do is speak for myself, and say that it was truly a life-changing experience! There was chanting, screaming, crying, and an overpowering feeling of joy. Hopefully later on we can post some of the pictures and sounds that we captured during these amazing few minutes.

After waiting two more hours, we again got to see Pope Benedict XVI as he exited the church and blessed the screaming crowd yet again.

As we were leaving the CUA mall, Stephanie was chosen to do a live interview for CBS. It was awesome to see the FUS name being spread across the nation! (Go Stephanie too ☺)

And now, after many metro/car-related tribulations that are too many to describe here (but do include a few “interesting” U-turns, a stop at a late-night diner, and a certain “shell” being caught in the Metro doors) we have all made it safely back to our respective houses and are hoping to enjoy a great night’s sleep!

See you all tomorrow,

Zach

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