Well, I saw the Pope today! Only for a brief moment, but I did see him.
Yesterday, my local parish announced on its Facebook page that the Pope would passing through Ballymun Main Street. (Ballymun is not far from Dublin Airport.) Then, this morning, at Mass, the parish priest repeated it again.
I watched him touch down on TV, and then I headed out to Main Street. A crowd had already been forming as I was coming home from Mass, but now there was a bigger one, and a police presence. (Not a very heavy one.) Everybody was very good-humoured. There was some Vatican flags from people attached to the parish.
Somehow, I assumed the Pope himself would not be visible. I don't know why. It's not very logical, when I think about it, since Popes are known for waving to crowds.
Anyway, I expected only to see the cavalcade, but I actually saw Pope Francis himself, a few feet away from me. And by pure chance! I expected the cavalcade to be much bigger, and the papal car to be surrounded by garda motorbikes. It wasn't. The Pope was already past me by the time I looked up (I was looking further down the cavalcade) and saw him waving and smiling to the crowds, and leaning out the window. He does look very joyful.
It was a glorious day for it, too.
I got a real kick out of seeing His Holiness pass through my hometown. That's the best part, for me!