Nearing the checkpoint

After over two-and-a-half hours in line, we’re within field goal range of the security checkpoint, but we’re still not inside. It’s a genuine pilgrim atmosphere here, and spirits are high. People are finding any reason to cheer. Someone held up a baby and the crowd went nuts. Someone held up a life-size cutout of Pope Francis and got the same response. We’ve participated in at least a half-dozen waves.

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