Every week the Pope appears before an audience of several thousand tourists and pilgrims in the purpose-built audience hall
(an ill-suited modern building crammed against the baroque and neo-classical structures of St. Peter’s Square).
He reads a message (in Italian) after which the various attending groups are announced by a cardinal.
As their names are called the groups stand up and cheer or sing a short song for the Pope who waves a hand at them.
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