I am back in Rome this morning for an immigration appointment. As my appointment is very close to St. Peter's I came a bit early and said Mass in the Basilica this morning.
The workers at at the Basilica are known as Sanpietrini. They were hard at work (as they are most mornings) with maintenance tasks around the vast building.
When one visits St. Peter's, one is always struck by the immensity of the building. The nave alone (where most of the congregation stands during Mass) is 46 meters tall. How does one change those light bulbs?! It is hard enough in our parishes and those are rarely more than 20 meters tall.
Well, with a little cooperation, some radios, and a lot of rope...