VATICAN CITY (KSDK) - An estimated 1 million people are expected to attend the inaugural mass, packing St. Peter's Square and spilling into the streets of Rome. Among them, several St. Louisans.
NewsChannel 5 photojournalist Jim Tuxbury caught up with Deacon Chris Seiler on Monday. The Maryland Heights native is studying in Rome and will actually participate in the mass.
"As deacon I am able to distribute Holy Communion. So I think that will be crazy as many people as are there bring them the Eucharist. It's nice It makes it a little bit easier to have a spot and to get into the place which is certainly going to be a hot commodity tomorrow, a seat," said Deacon Seiler.
The Vatican announced Monday Pope Francis will tour St. Peter's Square in the popemobile before Tuesday's mass.