Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pope Benedict's Changing Mosaic

As the images below demonstrate, the mosaic of Pope Benedict XVI in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls has been altered to reflect the change in the pallium that the Holy Father wears.



Monday, June 29, 2009

Mass of the Pallia

Feast of SS Peter and Paul

This ancient statue of St. Peter, portrayed as he gives a blessing and preaches, while holding the keys to the kingdom of heaven is famous throughout the world. Some scholars have attributed it to Arnolfo di Cambio (1245-1302), but others believe that it is a V century casting.

Pilgrims who come to the Basilica traditionally touch and kiss its foot, so that it is literally worn thin. In the Middle Ages pilgrims who reached Rome, touched and kissed the foot of the statue and prayed to St. Peter asking that he be merciful and open the gates of heaven for them if they died during the pilgrimage.

On 29 June, the feast of St. Peter, the statue is clothed with an amice, alb, tiara, stole, red cope and a ring so that it practically seems to come to life. Fine marble, Sicilian jasper, green porphyry and the "marble of St. Peter" decorate the pedestal.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

San Giovanni Rotondo - More pictures of the Holy Father's visit

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful from the altar of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie during a meeting with young people. The encounter too place while the Pontiff was on a visit to Padre Pio's shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo.

San Giovanni Rotondo

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate a mass in San Giovanni Rotondo during his visit to the crypt of Padre Pio, June 21, 2009.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Year of the Priest

Yesterday evening His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, inaugurated the Year of the Priest with Solemn Vespers in St Peter's Basilica.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pius XII's Death

A few pictures for no particular reason...