How Sant'Egidio received its "papal blessing"
By Andrea Riccardi as told to Desmond O'Grady in a U.S. Catholic interview conducted by O'Grady.
It had been the custom in Rome that the diocesan pastoral visits were made by the pope's vicar rather than the pope himself. Pope Paul VI visited some parishes but did not reach us. John Paul II, younger and fitter, decided to visit all parishes himself.