Posts Tagged ‘St. Peter’s Basilica’

Vatican pressed on decree limiting Latin Mass in St. Peter’s

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

A second Catholic cardinal has questioned the legitimacy of a recent decree by the Vatican to restrict the celebration of the old Latin Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and forbid private Masses in its side chapels. The March 12 circular was written on the letterhead of the Vatican Secretariat of State and carried the initials Read more

St Peter’s Basilica management investigated

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed a commissioner to investigate St Peter’s Basilica in Rome’s management body, the Fabbrica di San Pietro. Electronic devices and documents have been taken from the offices of the Fabbrica following a report by the Holy See’s auditor, in what could look like an investigation into financial irregularities. However, the Holy See Read more

Vandalism risks turning St. Peter’s Basilica into a museum

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Two acts of vandalism inside St. Peter’s Basilica last week have prompted questions about increasing protection and security. Guides who regularly take pilgrims and tourists to pray and to see the Basilica’s priceless art and artifacts are resisting tightening security, saying suggestions of glass barriers risk compromising the sacred nature of the space. It is Read more

Little known treasures buried under St Peter’s Basilica

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Pope Pius XI’s will stated he wanted to be buried as close as possible to what tradition has considered to be the tomb of St. Peter. Pius XII then began the excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica, in order to fulfill the last will of his predecessor. With that single gesture, he also showed confidence in Read more

Is the basilica of St Peter built on the bones of St Peter?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

In many ways, the story of the church starts with Peter. With the words, “And I tell you, Peter, that on this rock I will build my church,” Jesus appoints Peter as head of his new church and charges him with the responsibility to build it from the ground (Matt. 16). Throughout the centuries, biblical Read more

Lutheran bishop receives communion at St Peter’s Basilica

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

A Lutheran bishop and some other Lutherans received Catholic communion at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica last month. The National Catholic Register reported sources stating that Bishop Samuel Salmi of Oulu in Finland and other Finnish Lutherans indicated to the Catholic priests at the Mass that they wanted a blessing. They reportedly tried to Read more

Pope stumbles, falters, twice in three days

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Pope Francis has stumbled in public twice in three days. On Saturday, the Pope tripped up on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica, stopping his fall with outstretched arms. Two aides helped him back to his feet. On Monday, the Pontiff faltered on his way up the steps during a service at the Basilica of Read more

Pope sits in pews for Mass at St Pius X tomb

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Pope Francis sat in the pews for a Mass at the tomb of St Pius X in St Peter’s Basilica on August 21, the saint’s feast day. The Pope had already celebrated Mass in his residence very early that morning and had gone to the tomb of his predecessor to pray for catechists. When the Read more

Constantine and the birth of religious tolerance

Friday, March 15th, 2013

In the midst of the activities surrounding the Papal resignation and speculation on the next choice for the Chair of St Peter, a very important anniversary has gone virtually unnoticed. In February 313 AD, in the reign of Pope St. Melchiades (311-314), the Edict of Milan was promulgated by the Emperor Constantine, a measure that Read more

Italian man scales St. Peter’s Basilica to protest economic reforms

Friday, October 5th, 2012

An Italian man eluded Vatican security and climbed the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica this week to protest economic reforms that Italy has passed to combat its debt crisis. Marcello De Finizio, owner of a beach-front concession and restaurant in Trieste, climbed the dome Tuesday evening. He unfurled a hand painted sign reading: “Help! Enough Read more