Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How many Sanpietrini does it take to change a lightbulb?

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...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Carbonite Pope

Every time I walk past this religious-goods display case:

I think of THIS:

No? We have come a long way since Michelangelo and Raphael were designing our art.

Friday, July 25, 2014

First Come - First Served

St. Francis came first: he got a Basilica named for him.

St. John Paul II came later: he got a car-park named for him.

(I rather think that they don't mind!)