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Also in the blogosphere, news of the U.S.-based Papal Foundation’s visit to Rome this week. About 120 members of the charitable group which supports the Pope’s charitable efforts around the world were received by Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall, the Sala Clementina.
Pope Francis again demonstrates his warmth and his willingness to break from tradition. The American couple (Is this Papal Foundation COO Bill Canty and his wife?) invite the Holy Father to try on their gift of a new zucchetto. “No, no, he can’t,” explains Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington; but in a gesture of appreciation, Pope Francis grabs the new hat, plops it on his head, and gives the older zucchetto to the couple.
You’re probably googly-eyed about the dramatic backdrop in this video: The Clementine Hall, located in the Apostolic Palace, dates back to the 16th century when Pope Clement VIII wanted to honor his predecessor Clement I, the third successor of St. Peter. The Renaissance frescos which adorn the walls and ceiling tell of Clement’s life. Over the door is “The Martyrdom of St. Clement” by the Dutch painter Paul Bril. On the opposite wall is “The Baptism of St. Clement” by Italian painters Cherubino Alberti and Baldassare Croce. The ceiling fresco is “The Apotheosis of St. Clement” by Giovanni Alberti; and friezes on the side walls depict allegories of the cardinal virtues and the theological virtues by Alberti and Croce.