As reported by Father Robert Barron in his video series “Catholicism”
The scene in April 2005, as Pope Benedict stepped out onto the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time as pope to bless the crowds: the pope was surrounded by the cardinals who had just elected him, and Cardinal George stood nearby.
Asked what he was thinking about at that moment, Cardinal George explained: “I was gazing over toward the Circus Maximus, toward the Palatine Hill where the Roman Emperors once resided and reigned and looked down upon the persecution of Christians, and I thought, ‘Where are their successors? Where is the successor of Caesar Augustus? Where is the successor of Marcus Aurelius? And finally, who cares? But if you want to see the successor of Peter, he is right next to me, smiling and waving at the crowds.'”
Watching the Stations of the Cross from Rome, I was struck by the fact, the rite was conducted in the Colosseum.
How’s that for irony?