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Two easy ways to see the Pope in Rome

Two easy ways to see the Pope in Rome

— There are two easy ways to see the Pope when you’re in Rome. Kathryn and I were able to see him both ways during our visit to Rome earlier this year. As long as the Pope isn’t away from the city for his vacation or for an apostolic visit, you should be able to see him too. The Pope offers his blessing to all those who come to see him — believers and non-believers alike — and the blessing applies to any sacred objects present, too.
Making a long overdue confession at St. Peter’s Basilica

Making a long overdue confession at St. Peter’s Basilica

— During our trip to Rome earlier this year, Kathryn and I recognized how long it had been since we’d last received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession, or Penance, or whatever the Church is calling it this year. Far too long. The gift of the Holy Father’s blessing at the General Audience earlier in the week, and the possibility we would receive it again after praying the Angelus on Sunday, increased our desire to receive the sacrament as soon as possible.
You are Peter, and upon this rock I build my church: St. Peter’s

You are Peter, and upon this rock I build my church: St. Peter’s

— Kathryn and I visited St. Peter’s Basilica several times during our trip to Rome. On Wednesday, we decided to climb to the cupola of the basilica. We were in need of a good workout, so we passed up the elevator and took the stairs. Kathryn and “Petrus et”, inside the cupola at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican I really wanted to get a series of photos of the verses inscribed around the interior of the cupola, but you’ll see in this photo that a pretty thick fence blocks the view.