Thousands — perhaps tens of thousands — are already waiting along the Via della Cociliazzione, near St. Peter’s Square, hoping for the best access to the square when the gates open on Sunday morning around 6 a.m. The Mass begins at 10 a.m.
A large crowd is expected but no one knows how large. Almost all hotel rooms were booked immediately after the beatification was announced but many of those reservations were released when tours did not sell, so estimates were revised down. This week the fervor seemed to revive. We’ll see tomorrow what the crowd looks like, but the Vatican and Rome are prepared with video screens and sound system set up all the way down the Via della Conciliazzione, the street that extends from St. Peter’s to Castel Sant’Angelo.
The Catholic Review