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So…did you go to any museums in Rome? Well, strictly speaking, except for the Vatican Museums…no. No need to, not when you’ve got Bernini in the churches. (Although I was sort of hoping, somehow, to squeeze in the Capitoline, but […]

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I followed the Sistine Chapel restoration controversy at a distance as it occurred years ago, so I was particularly interested to see a couple of unrestored, uncleaned patches that have been left up for the sake of comparison. Those patches […]

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From the category: "Why didn’t we think of this in the first place?" One the very last day of our trip, as noted below, we went to San Croce in Gerusalemme, to venerate the relics there, explore the church, meet […]

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Against the Grain has one of those typically excellent round-ups of news and commentary on Benedict XVI from the past couple of weeks. Oh, and Here’s a Zenit story on what B. said to the univeristy students on Saturday evening: […]

In the Meyers-Briggsian world, I am a strong INFP. Strong all the way, so that there’s not a bit of J on my horizon. Which means that I have my own internal scheme of organization, which is mostly intuitive and […]

Just because it’s one of my favorite photos from Rome and it’s fallen off the front page.

I didn’t get to go. But some people did.

Fr. Z of the blog "What Does the Prayer Really Say" highlights a recent series of columns by Bishop Slattery of Tulsa (And for those of you who don’t know, Bishop Slattery used to be the director of the Catholic […]

A retired Lutheran pastor writes icons – one for the Pope, and one for the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I The fact that a Lutheran pastor in the heart of the Bible Belt South is writing an icon for Pope Benedict […]

..for the Pope, as usual. We’ll work backwards. From today’s Angelus: Human existence is a journey made in “twilight” rather than in “full light”. Thus, especially in the Lenten period, there is the need to “listen to Christ, like Mary”. […]