Secret Spaces: A Peek Into the Apostolic Palace

 I have Rome Fever. It usually takes a bit longer to set in—I was, after all, stumbling on the cobblestones just three months ago.  But the news that St. Peter’s Square is about to undergo a major renovation has me thinking:  I’ve gotta see that!!The restoration project, which was just announced in L’Osservatore Romano, is expected to take 30 months.  The Bernini columns are being restored “in all of their original color and brilliance”—SAY WHAT?!  Didn’t you always assume that t … [Read more...]

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WAIT, I WASN’T DONE! Orvieto Sights and Shops

Yesterday, I told you a little about Orvieto, the quaint Umbrian city that overlooks the Italian vineyards, like a diamond solitaire atop a precious ring.  But I wasn't done being effusive!  Orvieto is, in a way, a caricature of central Italy, a Disney-esque impression of an Italian city that's more... well, more Italian than the pope.Here are some of the things I neglected to share yesterday:  the city's narrow, cobblestoned streets, the open air shopping.  The dank tunnels in the Orvieto Un … [Read more...]

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PILGRIMS DESCEND ON ROME FOR JPII BEATIFICATION: A Photo Montage

That was the week that was.  Five days of inspiring encounters, amazing introductions, challenging conversations.Attending the Beatification of Pope John Paul II, I met so many really interesting people from around the world.  From college students to backpacking nuns…. Polish families with young children to an elderly Slovakian couple….  Writers and reporters and editors and publishers….  So many people from so many places, unified in their love for Pope John Paul II and for the Church. … [Read more...]

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