I saw Pope Francis today in his popemobile - after waiting
with throngs of people lined up along the National Mall for
more than 3 hours - for maybe 10 seconds.
Even though I only saw him briefly through the eye of my
camera lens, it was a special moment I won't forget anytime
Normally, I would avoid crowds that appear in Washington for
such a momentous occasion as the pope's visit, but when I was
asked to cover the papal parade for work, somehow that made
jumping at the chance to do it more palatable to this
The crowd included a mixture of families, religious, souvenir
vendors, police, EMS, children, secret service, tourists and
media - both with and without credentials like yours truly.
All were vying for a chance to get a glimpse of and a
blessing from Pope Francis, and hopefully capture a picture
via their cell phone or camera to remember the day.
It was a crazy day with a lot of sitting around and waiting
for a few brief moments to be a part of history.
I am proud to say I was there.
And it was totally worth the wait.
Rausch can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.