I covered Pope Francis' midday prayer service Sept. 23 at the
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington for the
Arlington Catholic Herald. With other print reporters, I was
sequestered off to a side chapel with an obstructed view. A
little like the kid's table at big family gatherings.
We were able to steal away periodically to grab IPhone shots
of the pope, as long as we stayed within predetermined
boundaries. We were there not to take photos, but to report.
After the beautiful prayer service, a Catholic editor and I
got behind the 300 U.S. bishops as they left the sanctuary.
We were the last to leave as ushers closed the cathedral
"You can't be here," one said to us.
But we already were there, and the usher didn't want to
create a scene. So the editor interviewed his archbishop, and
I spoke to some bishops.
We were there for maybe 10 minutes before we had to leave to
get to the canonization Mass at Catholic University.
When I got home that evening, my wife said, "You were on TV."
She explained that EWTN panned the Cathedral's front steps
from the press risers across the street. I was on for several
minutes. I was easy to spot, being the only person there,
along with the editor, who was not dressed in black with a
sash and skull cap.
I'm considering possibilities for a reality show.