There were a lot of things to do while waiting for Easter Mass to start: take photos of the beautiful altar, the Swiss guards, the nuns, the big TV … There was a marching band that came by, the choirs were singing. The atmosphere was one of great anticipation. Despite the crowd, it was all very orderly and peaceful.

With all the activity taking place on the altar, the only women I saw up there were a few nuns sitting with the choir.

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