The build up to the beatification of Pope John Paul II has led us to this weekend. Pilgrims, nuns, and priests have flocked to the capital and I took this image this afternoon by Santa Maria Maggiore. A group of nuns taking a photo of themselves before visiting the church. The square was swarmed with school groups, nuns, priest, buses, and souvenir stands. I can only imagine what St. Peter’s Square looks like! Tomorrow night a special ceremony will be held in the Circus Maximus and then Sunday will be the beatification.