Sunday, September 18, 2016

When St. Peter's Square was hidden amid the streets of Rome.


 
St. Peter's Basilica was not always visible as it is today. It was hidden in the streets of the Borgo neighborhood.

This is one of many discoveries one can make when visiting "La Spina” exhibition, which goes over the history of the Vatican from ancient Roman times until the Jubilee year of 1950.

CLAUDIO PARISI PRESICCE
Councilman for Cultural Goods (City of Rome)
"There are three Romes: the visible Rome, the hidden Rome, and the invisible Rome, which is a product of all the transformations that this ancient city has undergone throughout time.”

This exhibition sheds light on the invisible Rome, so that the visitor can see what the city looked like in the past.

It is tied together by the Spina di Borgo, a row of buildings that separated St. Peter's Square from the Tiber river, conferring the Vatican a very different appearance from that which it has today.

CLAUDIO PARISI PRESICCE
Councilman for Cultural Good (City of Rome)
"We have explained what this 'thorn' is; this linear segment that goes from the Tiber to St. Peter's Basilica... All its transformations, its meaning throughout time, and the moment when it was torn down, making way for the Via della Conciliazione, inaugurated in 1950.”

The new Via della Conciliazione had a crucial symbolic element. In the spirit of reconciliation brought on by the Lateran Treaty, Mussolini wanted to build a great avenue that represented the new friendly relationship between the Italian Republic and the State of Vatican City, after years of hostility.

The exhibition is located in the Capitoline Museums, in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, and it is open until November 20.
 
 
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

From Pope Francis - September 14, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE
Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 14 September 2016 -



After celebrating Mass for Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was murdered by terrorists in July, Pope Francis went to St. Peter's Square. There he visited thousands of pilgrims who flocked to hear his catechesis.

He explained three of Jesus' phrases in the Gospel...

POPE FRANCIS
"Come to me, take my yoke and learn from me. It is my wish that all world leaders could say the same."

He explained that Jesus makes a request: to imitate him. He is not a master who imposes impossible burdens. Everything He asks for He has done before. He is not a far-away, distant God. He prefers to be among the people.

POPE FRANCIS
"Jesus was not a prince. How terrible it is for the Church when their pastors become princes, away from the people, away from the poorest in society. That is not the spirit of Jesus. Jesus scolded these pastors, and He warned people about these pastors saying: do what they say, but not what they do."

The pope concluded the audience with waving and cheering pilgrims from different countries, the sick, newlyweds and, on this occasion, young people who are now beginning a new academic school year.
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