POPE FRANCIS

POPE FRANCIS

Francis I, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church After the papal resignation of Benedict XVI, a conclave was called on 11th February 2013, and on March 13th the first non-European pope was elected; the first Jesuit pope and the first to take his papal name from St....
VATICAN GENDARMERIE

VATICAN GENDARMERIE

What is the Vatican Gendarmerie? “How many military divisions does the Pope have?” Stalin hissed contemptuously at Yalta in 1945, annoyed by the international political influence of the smallest state in the world, the Vatican City, devoid of military...
THE CHAIR OF SAINT PETER

THE CHAIR OF SAINT PETER

The Chair of Saint Peter: theological meaning. In ancient Rome ‘la cattedra’ – the chair or throne – was the seat of notables: magistrates, officials or teachers. For Christians it is the chair of high ecclesiastical authorities. The Chair of St. Peter is the...
THE SACRISTY OF SAINT PETER’S

THE SACRISTY OF SAINT PETER’S

The Sacristy stands at the entrance to the Necropolis of Saint Peter, a few meters from the south side of the basilica, and is connected to the necropolis by two corridors that end at the tomb of Pius VIII and the Choir Chapel. The original sacristy built at the time...
VIA DELLA CONCILIAZIONE

VIA DELLA CONCILIAZIONE

Via della Conciliazione connects Castel Sant’Angelo to Piazza San Pietro, where a strip of travertine (joining the Bernini colonnades) defines the confine between two states. It unites the capital of Italy and the City of Seven Hills, with the Vatican City State. Why...
THE HOLY EASTER

THE HOLY EASTER

On Sunday 21 April 2019, Holy Easter will be celebrated, the most important festival of the liturgical year, whose meaning is expressed in the words of the angel who spoke to the women in front of the tomb: “Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who hath been...