On This Date in My Photo History: Pope John Paul 11 @ Vatican in ’98.

In 1998 I was sent with Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis for the canonization of Edith Stein, with connections to a young Brockton girl. The girl, Benedicta McCarthy, recovered from a near death tylenol overdose when she was 2 years old. Her family organized prayer chains to pray specifically to McCarthy’s namesake, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross also known as Edith Stein. Stein, according to Wikipedia, was a jew who died in 1942 in the Auschwitz death camp. In 1922 she had converted to catholicism  and was baptized. Read more here in a 2010 ABC news interview. The canonization trip happened on the weekend of October 11th and 12th. Here are my photos below.

A visiting Father William Schmidt of Stoneham's St.Patrick's looks in awe at St. Peter's Basilica.

Here, Benedicta McCarthy receives communion from the Pope.

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