500 Year Old Madonna Processes Down the Tiber for Festa de’ Noantri…

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... the Festa de' Noantri brings Mary down the Tiber and by the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere with a welcoming of fireworks.Fireworks for Mary over Santa Maria in Trastevere. pic.twitter.com/pyRjpxx6ho— Mountain Butorac (@CatholicTravel) July 27, 2014A five hundred year old Mary just arrived by boat on the Tiber. Now processing through Trastevere. pic.twitter.com/xoXvqO5CO2— Mountain Butorac (@CatholicTravel) July 27, 2014More about the Festa de' Noantri … [Read more...]

I Guess It’s Settled. I’m Rome Bound…

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... Boy, that coin I threw in the Trevi two years ago really worked! Looks like I'm going to be heading back to Rome with my partner in crime for the canonization of two popes by ... wait, two popes. What does it all meeeeeean?Since I was there for the beatification of JPII and now his canonization I'm pretty sure this makes me an honorary Polack. And the biggest Catholic fangirl ever.Anyway, I have so much to do until then. Like figure out what I'm going to wear for that long … [Read more...]

things I miss…

... Rome and winter.Reuters, Alessandro BianchiReuters, Alessandro BianchiReuters, Alessandro BianchiVatican Web Cam.Here's some more.When I was there last April & the first week of May the Romans were bundled in puffy ski coats and scarves for temperatures in the 50's. I imagine this is hellish for them to endure. But it sure is pretty.Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, my Bradford Pear trees and daffodils have already started to bloom. I'll … [Read more...]

and because I’m feeling especially silly today, The Pope meets a rare Cuban crocodile at his general audience…

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... "Among those attending this morning's general audience with the Holy Father were staff of the zoological park in Rome (the "Bioparco"), which is currently celebrating its centenary. They brought with them a rare live specimen of the Cuban crocodile, to represent the 1,200 animals which live in the park and as a sign of the environmental protection and education work the structure carries out.The Cuban crocodile, is classified as an endangered species." Full Story.Above image … [Read more...]

A makeover. It needs to be razed and salted…

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... Remember this thing, the monster of Stazione Termini in Rome? Well, it's getting a 'makeover'. I know it's just a makeover but at least it's a small recognition that the thing is ugly and looks more like Mussolini than Bl. John Paul II. What ever happened to making art look like stuff, recognizable stuff, not all this lazy abstract conceptual garbage? Oh... because that would require real skill and talent. … [Read more...]


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