By Kathy Schiffer
Ave Maria Radio
At some points, the motorcade was separated from ordinary rush-hour commuters by nothing more than a median strip. As the Pope’s car drew closer to the centre, he passed increasingly large groups of people standing, cheering and waving. About 20 minutes into the ride, clusters of people began pressing against the vehicle, reaching out to touch the Pope, and had to be pushed away by the security detail. At one point the press of crowds brought the vehicle briefly to a standstill, and the Pope emerged to kiss a baby.Apparently attempting to avoid the crowds, the motorcade turned into a stretch of ordinary traffic. Shortly thereafter, the papal car found itself repeatedly stuck between vehicles and crowds. Security officers could be seen vigorously pushing back bystanders who reached out to touch the Pope. The 13.2-mile ride took 44 minutes.