CHRISTMAS IN ST. PETER’S SQUARE

CHRISTMAS IN ST. PETER’S SQUARE

December 2018: It’s Christmas in St. Peter’s Square! The symbols of Christmas are shining in St Peter’s Square, surrounded by Bernini’s columns, to bring cheer to the Romans, the faithful and tourists alike. The tree and the presepe, the nativity scene, were...
JOHN PAUL II

JOHN PAUL II

Saint John Paul II The 16th of October 2018 was the 40° anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II. Karol Józef Wojtyla was born to a devoted family on the 18th of March 1920 in Wadowice (near Kraków). His mother died when he was nine years old, and he then...
The relics of the Passion of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica

The relics of the Passion of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica

The mysteries of the relics of the Passion of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica Relics are bodies or objects that have come into contact with the divine and are revered for their spiritual power, performing miracles and healing. The cult of relics originates from...
The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

Baroque restyling of an ancient sacral symbol Baldacchino is a term that dates back to the Middle Ages, that indicates a richly decorated structure created to protect people or important objects. The word “Baldacco”, however, referred to Baghdad,...
La Porta Santa – The Holy Door

La Porta Santa – The Holy Door

LA PORTA SANTA – THE HOLY DOOR: THE CONFINE BETWEEN THE PHYSICAL WORLD AND THE DIVINE MYSTERY The meaning of the Holy Door The Holy Door is the sealed door of a basilica that is opened during Holy Years, more commonly known as Jubilee years. It symbolizes the journey...
The secrets of the vatican Obelisk in St. Peter’s square

The secrets of the vatican Obelisk in St. Peter’s square

Obelisks: what is there to know about them? The obelisk is a memorial monument from ancient Egypt: made in stone, it symbolizes a ray of sunshine; in Italian we use the ancient Greek word obelìskos or “needle”. The oldest obelisks date back to 2,000 B.C.,...