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...
MATER ECCLESIAE

MATER ECCLESIAE

The incredible story of the “Mater Ecclesiae” mosaic in Saint Peter’s Square Looking at the facade of the basilica, on the right (on a protruding section of Palazzo Apostolico) you will see the most famous Marian icon from the twentieth century: the Mater Ecclesiae....
PASSETTO DI BORGO

PASSETTO DI BORGO

Did you know that in the Vatican there is a secret Medieval Passageway? The Passetto di Borgo is a secret pedestrian passageway linking the papal residence in the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo. It is 800 metres long and was created to facilitate a swift escape...
THE COLONNADES OF ST. PETER’S

THE COLONNADES OF ST. PETER’S

The history of the colonnades of St. Peter’s Square The façade of Saint Peter’s was completed in 1614 and it was deemed necessary to rework the space in front of it, in order to exalt the jewel of a basilica that had cost a century of hard work. The only fixed point...
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...