Sunday, August 7, 2011

Vatican City - February 1969

Basilica di San Pietro.

Look at the crowds below...  not being of any religion we thought the Vatican City must be like this every day but no... we visited on a Sunday and much to our surprise we saw the Pope!  Almost as exciting as it was to see Princess Grace in Monaco.

There he is below... see that little white head looking out that top second window from the right.  
Pope Paul V1  spoke to the crowd, we didn't understand a word of it but those around us were ecstatic :-)

No Pope the day Google street view was there, see below.

After our visit to the Vatican City we drove a little out of Rome and found a quiet lay-by to sleep for the night, there was no one or thing around.  We were woken just before midnight by the sound of a woman shouting 'No - no - no - no - no - no... '  thinking something terrible was happening we pulled the curtains just a crack and peered out... our quiet and empty lay-by now had at least half a dozen Fiat's parked in it, some of which were really rockin!   The 'No no no noooo's... ' would quieten down to silence then off it would go again!  We knew what was going on so just went back to sleep. 
Next morning the lay-by was totally empty again but littered by these little rubber things... Now I was very naive (still am really)  and had never seen one of these things before so when I was peering at one rather closely...  David enlightened me with a very loud  'DON'T Touch!'  

So... what were these good Catholics doing not far from the Vatican City, to quote:-  'The Catholic Church's position on contraception was formally explained and expressed by Pope Paul VI's Humanae Vitae in 1968. Artificial contraception is considered intrinsically evil.'

It was the rocking 1960's ... condoms must have been readily available even in Italy.

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