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Rome, The eternal city

During the first week of Easter, we, the fraternity of postulants, together with our master, have gone for three days to Rome, capital city of Italy and spiritual center of the entire Christianity. Intense days lived between faith and artworks, contemplating the design of God for his creation, shaped in the life of the humankind and the fruit of its hands. Faith and art, the main themes to read walking by the streets of Rome, being visible signs of those who have passed by the eternal city, thus saints, martyrs, popes, pilgrims, artists, emperors, politicians etc. More than two millennium of history and innumerable cultures and events that had have taken place at the margins of the Tiber River. Nevertheless, we went to follow the steps of Jesus Christ in his Apostles and in his followers that have given their life for the gospel, from St. Peter, passing through the testimony of Saint Paul, Saint Sebastian, Saint Francis, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Philip Neri… up until Pope Francis in charge of continuing the legacy of St. Peter. Among the places visited, certainly the four papal basilicas were the most significant of our experience, Saint Peters’, Saint Paul outside the walls, Santa Maria Maggiore, Saint John in Lateran.
In addition, the catacombs of Saint Sebastian, which are an ancient cemetery from the Roman Period that extends for more than twelve kilometers of underground tunnels, tombs and labyrinthic pathways, were a precious testimony of the religious and social transition from paganism towards Christianity, learning the history of the first Christian communities of Rome and their persecution. Nowadays the sanctuary is entrust to the Franciscan Friars (OFM) of Lazio. On the other side, we cannot leave aside other remarkable discoveries through the streets of the city, like the artworks spread through the churches of the downtown, from Caravaggio, Bernini, Bramante, Raphael, Perugino, Michelangelo, etc. Artworks that make tangible and visible, in a certain way, the invisible and incomprehensible mysteries of God and His saints.
In this way, we spent the days between moments of visit and pilgrimage to these remarkable places, along with moments of fraternal sharing with the friars of the delegation of the Holy Land in Rome, with whom we lived the daily Mass, the prayer of the liturgy of the hours, the meditation and finally yet importantly, the meals. After the three days, it was not possible to visit all the churches and monuments of the eternal city, but it was a beautiful gift from God to contemplate the most representative places of the city, which were enough to enrich our cultural knowledge and our spiritual life.

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Events calendar

24/12/2017 CELEBRATIONS

Vigil of Christmas. Bethlehem: 13.30 Entrance of the Archbishop & I Vespers 16.00 Procession 23.30 Office - 00.00 Mass - 1.45 Procession to the Grotto

25/12/2017 CELEBRATIONS

Nativity of the Lord. Bethlehem (St. Catherine): 10.00 Mass Shepherds' Field (Greek & Catholic): 14.00 Pilgrimage

26/12/2017 CELEBRATIONS

Feast St. Stephen, Protomartyr. St. Stephen: 16.00 Pilgrimage

28/12/2017 CELEBRATIONS

Feast of the Holy Innocents. Bethlehem: 10.00 Entrance (Vicar)

31/12/2017 CELEBRATIONS

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph. Nazareth: 10.00 Mass (Custos)

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