A quick shot from yesterday evening as I headed to the Vatican Museum to meet the group for the private visit.
One of the most important statues in the history of Western art.
And another one.
And then there’s this thing.
Afterward, off to something really important. PIZZA.
Not too far from Vatican City there is a shop that makes unbelievably good stuff, entirely organic, etc.
Isn’t this a beautiful site?
Peppers and pine nuts.
Zucchini flowers and anchovy.
Cheese and potato.
Shifting gears… up early to go to St. Peters for Mass and time in the Basilica. We were able to go in a back way through friends in the Swiss Guard. Saved huge time!
This morning, a shot of the gloomy Scala Regia. When we are elected to the See of Peter, once again His Holiness of Our Lord will descend carried on the sedia gestatoria, with flabella and the Noble Guard.
We had Mass in San Pietro this morning at one of the altars in the Basilica. The altars of the crypt were all reserved. There are hoards of Germans here right now, as we draw close to the end of the Year of Mercy. I ran into German bishops yesterday (alas, not hard enough). This morning I spotted Card. Woelke with a group of pilgrims marching up the Via della Conciliazione. They seems quite focused.
Since I am with an international pro-life group on this pilgrimage, today we were happy to have the Feast of the Maternity of Mary. I commented that Mary conceived the Lord in her heart before carrying Him below her heart, and that their hearts synchronized and never stopped beating together except for a little while. We have to synchronize with theirs.
Meanwhile, I’ve been able to pick up a couple books I’ve been wanting to get my hands on. I can hardly wait to start in on Card. Sarah’s new book!
For lunch today we will head out into the Castello Romani, to a lovely place on the lip of the volcanic Lago Albano. A great view and an amazing place with a vast wine cave.
What a day.
We went a restaurant in the Castelli which I first learned of through The Great Roman Fabrizio™, to whom so much is owed. Situated on the edge of the volcanic crater of Lago Albano, this is an astonishingly good place.
Then we went to the Villa Borghese. Then we had supper. Yes, we ate again.
Some images, they my not be in the right order, because when I use my phone anything can happen with the order of images.
When I say, “Having a wonderful time, wish you were here!”… I mean it.