Rome’s Sant’Ignazio: Surprises Everywhere

So we were walking around Rome... trudging, actually... for what seemed like hours.  And miles.  Or kilometers, I suppose, since we were in Rome.Anyway, we wandered toward Campus Martius, past gelato stands and trattorias and open markets, past offices and apartments, surrounded by pedestrians and taxis and Vespas, and then.... there on our right, standing in the middle of a bustling city block, was a church.  (Click on this and other images to see the fine details.) It was Sa … [Read more...]

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“Beauty Has Already Saved the World” – St. John Paul II’s LETTER TO ARTISTS, As Read by Students

May 2, 2011 - Workers hang a large banner on Bernini's Colonnade, St. Peter's Basilica, to celebrate the Beatification of Pope John Paul II

In May 2011, Pope John Paul II was beatified.And three years later, in April 2014, he was elevated to sainthood.   *     *     *      *      * On Easter Sunday, April 4, 1999, Pope John Paul II wrote an open letter to all artists -- both Christian and secular -- reminding them of their vocation to Beauty. He urged them not to waste their artistic talent but to develop it, and to put it at the service of humanity as an authentic vehicle of culture. *     *     *     *     * To commemorate … [Read more...]

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LCWR Responds After Tense Meeting With CDF’s Cardinal Gerhard Müller

On May 8, the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR) issued a statement on their April 30 meeting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.The statement is significant in that it's a hopeful sign that the organization has heard the concerns expressed by Rome and may, in fact, be ready to listen--valuing its canonical status which has been conferred by the Holy See more than it values its autonomy.Because it's so important a document, I'm permitting the Sisters to … [Read more...]

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