BlogSaint Peter’s Basilica and surroundings
Joseph Ratzinger is 92 years old, is Pope Emeritus, and lives in the Vatican, in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery.
The Italian term “Natale” – “Christmas” – derives from the latin dies natalis, day of birth.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, first of five children, was born in Buenos Aires on December 17th 1936.
The origins of the corps date back to medieval times, but the founder of the modern institution was Pius VII in 1816.
In ancient Rome ‘la cattedra’ – the chair or throne – was the seat of notables: magistrates, officials or teachers.
The Sacristy pf Saint Peter’s stands at the entrance to the Necropolis of Saint Peter, a few meters from the south side of the basilica