Consistory Chronicle: Day 4
The skies cleared after an early rain yesterday, and St. Peter’s looked splendid under that soft bluish-white sky that exists in Rome and nowhere else. The greatest painters have only been able to suggest that gentleness. Meanwhile, the Holy Father looked very healthy – perhaps the healthiest since he came to Rome. And he seemed genuinely delighted with his new cardinals, hugging them and smiling – notable for Francis because, he’s an outgoing man with individuals and groups in informal situations, but during formal Church events he usually grows very solemn.
The beautiful music, the stately liturgy, the shining interior of