Yesterday I did as much nothing as possible here in the Eternal City. I met a friend for lunch at a newly opened place not far from the Vatican. I may have found the best carbonara in Rome!
In the Square I paused to admire the newly cleaned colonnade and one of the great fountains which has been spiffed up.
As contrast you can see how the other one, across the piazza, is still caked with hideous green slime. Perhaps the LCWR reps could clean it by way of penance for their latest contumacious antics.
Then I went to the Aussies new digs in Rome, the Domus Australia.
This is a clerical residence and also hotel. Anyone could stay, priests, lay people, perhaps even LCWR nuns… though they might shrink back from the obvious Catholic class and piety.
My phone shots can’t do it justice, but here are a few.
First things first. The chapel.
Several of the side altars are set up for the traditional Roman Rite! “Why?”, you ask. Because the majority of the priests who live there say Mass with the Missal of St John XXIII. There are also scheduled Masses in the Novus Ordo. The chapel is open 24/7.
The kangaroos on the ambo are an amusing touch.
The restaurant is first rate.
This would be a splendid place to stay for a small pilgrimage group. There is a lovely common room.
The roof terrace is replete with roses which are tended by His Eminence Card. Pell. In fact, Card Pell was the driving force behind this project. The Archdiocese of Sydney took over this old Marist seminary and college. Down the line it may be the Australian College in Rome.
The rooms are also state of art. I won’t bore you with photos, but I was impressed.
Here, however, is a little daily Mass chapel.
There were books available for Mass in English, Italian and, of course, the Church’s primary language of worship, Latin.
This place is spiffy. If you are thinking about a trip to Rome, look into it. While you are there you would have opportunities for the old Mass as well as the newer, great food, and even a chance to chat with Card. Pell who is around the place.