This morning we had the privilege of seeing Pope Francis in person as he arrived in Florence to celebrate the Fifth National Convention of the Italian Catholic Church being hosted by the city. He came by on his “Pope Mobile” down the street directly in front of our hotel. What a blessing! The streets were crowded with hundreds of people with phones and selfie sticks crying “Papa Francesco!” Some members of GDC were invited with many others to attend his meeting with the representatives of National Convention of the Italian Catholic Church at the Florentine Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. We joined in with the chanted service, and listened to him address everyone who was sitting there as well as the “elderly, the sick and the distressed at home,” who could not see him in person. His smiling generous face, words of wisdom, and kindness to the poor reminded us of our duty as Christians to serve others before ourselves. It’s amazing that we get to participate in this momentous occasion. God bless Pope Francis.