Rome Days 1-2: Of clams and griffons

I’ve been on the move since I got here with a large group of people.

A shot from last nights supper. About all I was able to manage was a place of veg.

Today I stopped at the shop where my chalice was made.  It is in the building where Pius XII’s family live!


Just for nice.

Pasquino has been chatty.

From lunch yesterday… vitello tonnato.

Just before I left home, I was asked by a guy at the parish if a particular corporal has been starched too hard.  I explained that in Rome they were so stiff and shiny that they were like cardboard.   So, in the sacristy where I said Mass yesterday, the corporal.  Notice that it doesn’t yet want to lie flat.

Note the shine of the starch.


I stopped in Gammarelli and just missed Cardinals Burke and Harvey.  I saw this, however.

I like it!


I met up with the group and we had a private Vatican Museum visit. It isn’ often you get to be alone in the Sistine Chapel.


After talking with a guard for a bit, I had a rapid visit to a famous room off the chapel.



Then off to have some pizza by the slice.  All natural, organic ingredients.  It was the best pizza I’ve ever had in Rome.  And that counts a lot of pizza.

More later.

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  1. gracie says:


  2. A blue, was that a blue chasuble?

  3. RichR says:


    I’m curious. If you had run into Cardinal Burke, do you two know each other? As much as you publicly support him, I’d be surprised if he didn’t at least recognize your name.

    I’ve been to Rome once. It was a very profound experience for me. It definitely made me realize how I am a part of something greater than my local parish or even local diocese. I hope your “catholicity” is re-energized on this trip, Fr. Enjoy the cuisine!

  4. ChesterFrank says:

    a blog post on the shop where you chalice was made would certainly be interesting, as you articles on artistry and craftsmanship usually are. I also enjoyed the rest of the post. Who can argue against photos of the food of Rome?

  5. jameeka says:

    Very, very cool! Good weather too. I finally realized where the griffons are.

  6. The corporal is beautiful. Is there a shop in Rome where I can purchase several? Hope you are enjoying yourself.

  7. ClavesCoelorum says:

    Hope to meet you there at the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage later this month, Father!

  8. Supertradmum says:

    WOW and thanks for the photos…love seafood pasta…my favorite. Cannot find it in Iowa, of course…will have to wait til I get back to Malta.

    Say a prayer for me next time you are in a chapel in Rome by yourself, please, Father.

  9. JustaSinner says:

    Are the shops just randomly located in Rome? Do they have a rating system/licensing program for all the little shops that makes all things Catholic minutiae?

  10. [For you and for your son.]

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