"The Crazed Genius Vaticanista"
As Cardinal Sean O'Malley knelt before the Pope to receive his red hat and the titular church of S. Maria della Vittoria, a prominent American in the Piazza was heard to immediately exclaim, "LEPANTO!"
It was a watershed moment for Christian-Muslim relations.
Right now, the remains of the crowd are in disarray trying to find cabs, but I'm told it's not all that crowded, at least in the relative -- i.e. John Paul funeral -- sense.
"It was half full," a friend says. "If you took out Caffarra's people [from Bologna], the US people and the Spaniard -- that's four [pilgrimages] -- there'd be no one.... OK, maybe a couple of Poles. But that's it."
Well, if anything, that means that everyone got a good seat. Not as good as the gents pictured above, but still.
PHOTO: AP/Andrew Medichini