Something “extraordinary” is happening in Rome!
Poor Romans! Without having had the chance to recover from the 2000 Jubilee, they now have to face a new, extraordinary one, 10 years in advance. Needless to say, out of the ordinary is also the tense and alarmist atmosphere in which this event is about to be held.
Here’s an example of the spirit with which roman politicians greeted the announcement of this “Jubilee of Mercy”:
The guy in therapy is the former Major Ignazio Marino, who resigned just before the beginning of the Jubilee Year.
And here’s how roman citizens allegorically welcomed this great opportunity of communion and universal brotherhood:
Not everyone here is so lucky to have a family house on the seaside, though. And no, Ostia is not enough far from Rome to be considered a safe shelter from pilgrims!
As a matter of fact, Pope Francis surprised many with his suddend announcement and the Eternal City doesn’t seem to be quite ready for the event:
You don’t understand: those are not ugly temporary hurdles: those are a cunning solution for long queues!
Piazza del Popolo is already graciously decorated.
I guess there’s a big chance of someone getting offended by this.
After the scandals that have been shooking Rome in the past few months and forced the former Mayor Ignazio Marino to resign, the task of leading the capital during the Jubilee could only be entrusted to the prefect of Milan Francesco Paolo Tronca. Our bright Home Secretary Angelino Alfano stated: “Our choice is Tronca, because the Jubilee should work just like Expo did”. Hell yeah!
If you have experienced the legendary 7 hours queue for the Kazakhistan Pavillion, than you don’t need any caption for this picture.
It’s been less than a week from the great opening of the Holy Door, and we want to make sure that all pilgrims will acknowledge our effort, as a country, to provide the best and safest Jubilee experience they can get:
Unobtrusive but effective security checkpoints every two steps…
…sagaciously improved public transportation…
Romans, on the other hand, are left with just one big question:
And only God knows if we will ever get an answer.