SAINT PETER: PRINCE OF THE APOSTLES

SAINT PETER: PRINCE OF THE APOSTLES

St. Peter is the most important of the 12 apostles, the very first Pope and, according to tradition, the guardian of the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Both St. Peter’s Basilica and the square on which it stands are named after him. His original name was Shimon...
CONCLAVE: THE ELECTION OF THE POPE

CONCLAVE: THE ELECTION OF THE POPE

Conclave is the name given to the procedure used to elect the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. The same term is used to refer to the place in which the cardinals assemble to cast their votes. The term Conclave comes from the Latin words cum (with) and clavis...
TOP 7 PLACES TO PRAY IN ST PETER’S

TOP 7 PLACES TO PRAY IN ST PETER’S

Whether you’re Catholic, christian or spiritual, you might desire to have a prayerful experience in St Peter’s Basilica. A moment of quiet reflection in such a beautiful and sacred place shouldn’t offend anyone.  It’s easy to find images of...
THE PONTIFICAL SWISS GUARD

THE PONTIFICAL SWISS GUARD

Today, when we talk about the Swiss Guard we immediately think of members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard; those young soldiers dressed in Renaissance uniform with which tourists love to have their photo taken at St. Peter’s. But, between the the 15th and 19th century...
THE VATICAN PIETÀ BY MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI

THE VATICAN PIETÀ BY MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI

Michelangelo’s Pietà is one of the most beautiful sculptures in the history of art and one of the most representative works of the Renaissance ideal. It is one of the most important pieces the Florentine artist ever produced, possibly only matched in its significance...