Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day 10 in Rome

It was a full day, not with scheduled events, but with walking the city, shopping for some new vestments, and seeing the sights.

The Archbishop, Bishop Hying, one of the seminarians and I went to the Basilica of the Cathedral of St. John Lateran to celebrate daily mass.

Before celebrating mass in the ancient and beautiful sacristy chapel, we gathered by the main altar to recite the Apostles' Creed. While we were not with the full group of midwestern bishops, this visit completed the ad limina tradition of visiting Rome's four major basilicas.

Two interesting facts, St. John's is the Cathedral of the diocese of Rome, not St. Peters. Also, it is dedicated to the patronage of St. John the Baptist, not John the Apostle and not someone named John Lateran.

Bold and expansive like St. Paul's, St. John's has the magnificent statuary akin to St. Peter's. These fifteen foot tall behemoths show and teach us about the twelve apostles.

In the area of the Pantheon (an ancient pagan Roman temple claimed for Christianity) there are a number of religious stores catering to clerics. But, in the midst of the bustle is Santa Maria sopra Minerva. This great church has a shrine to St. Catherine of Siena and a great Michaelangelo sculpture of the risen Lord.


Tomorrow, or actually later today, will be the consistory elevating Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the College of Cardinals. A grand moment for the church of the United States, New York, and, in a way, Milwaukee.

And then home on Sunday...Happily!

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