I received the following communication regarding our tickets for Midnight Mass at San Pietro:
"Today the Prefecture of the Papal Household sent us a fax with the code N° of your tickets........Due to the limited space in the Basilica you might have to follow the Mass outside, in the Square, through large screens. They suggest to be in St. Peter Square no later than 7:00 pm.
The tickets can be retrieved at the Bronze Door from Dec 23 (9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm) and on Dec. 24th from 9:00 to 1:00 pm, and from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. "
We are practicing Catholics and this experience is a dream come true. Our concern is that one of our family members has been ill with Epstein Barr and suffers from fatigue.
Is it unlikely that mere mortals can make it into the Basilica for the Mass? Are the crowds huge? Any experiences or suggestions are welcome. I have attended a Wednesday audience in the square and we were seated, but I do not know what to expect.