Saturday, 18 September 2010

The Pope came to Vauxhall... and all I got was this rather extraordinary video footage

The footage above was shot from a wall about 3 metres from where Pope Benedict chose to greet the crowd.  Whether you're a devotee, a protester, or something in between, there's no denying that this is an unrepeatable local event.  Most of the people in the crowd appeared to be locals, and there weren't vast numbers, so it wasn't that difficult to get close.

Somehow, I believe Kate Hoey managed to get in on the act too (I didn't see her there), but I'm not sure whether she managed a direct audience with the Pope.  We'll know soon, no doubt :)  Edit:  I've also managed to find the text of the Pope's short speech at St Peter's here on the Vatican Radio site, which was spoken inside the care home.

I was surprised that there wasn't more opposition, but I think there was another protest taking place at 10 Downing Street, which left only about 20 protestors at Vauxhall.  I wrote another post on the Pope's visit over here.

An assortment of other photos too:


Kieran Casey said...

Kate Hoey was there, she was shown on Sky News Live footage, with Mayor of Vauxhall (well actually Mayor of Lambeth)

Anonymous said...

Umm...on Twitter I swear there was promise of an exciting local story to appear over the weekend. Was it The Pope?

SE11 Lurker said...

@Anon - No, it was not the Pope.

Unfortunately, my source of the outrageous piece of news had already tied in with another publisher who I've got to let print their article first before I can mention the news. In general, I wouldn't be so circumspect, but since the only way I get the news is by having it fed to me, I sometimes have to wait my turn when asked :)

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