Today I received two issues of the newsletter of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, put out for years by the Reverenda Fabbrica di San Pietro… che non finisce mai, by the way. I have every issue ever issued… which may be unique in North America. I subscribed when I was working the curia, got the back issues, and have maintained it every since no matter where I was.
The newsletter shows what work projects are going on, new additions, ancient things discovered, who did what, where and when, etc.
These are the January and February issues of volume 25.
I took notice of the restoration of an image of Mary, Mother of the Church, Mater Ecclesiae, since my friend the estimable Fr. Pasley has the charge of that great parish in New Jersey.
And article about the “translation” of the mortal remains of Pope Julius II back in 1926 for the 500th anniversary of his death.
The newsletter usually includes explanations of some ancient image in the excavations beneath the basilica.
This is just a cool thing from my day I thought I would share with you.
In the meantime, Cardinal Ray helps himself to the feeder and poses for the webcam: