Monthly Archives: February 2014

San Luigi dei Francesi

San Luigi dei Francesi

This inscription, in the French national church San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome reads: “Whoever prays for the King of France gets a 10 day indulgence from Pope Innocent IV.” The rest of the inscription cites the works of St. Thomas Aquinas from which the text was taken. This church also has the first three great religious works of Caravaggio.

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February 28, 2014 · 5:50 PM

Inside Vatican City (3)

The Vatican Bank

The Vatican Bank

Daily life in Vatican City

Daily life in Vatican City

The Vatican newspaper

The Vatican newspaper

The guard house just beyond the Porta Sant'Anna with the Vatican Bank in the background

The guard house just beyond the Porta Sant’Anna with the Vatican Bank in the background

The Swiss Guard on duty at the Porta Sant'Anna.  They live in the building on the right.

The Swiss Guard on duty at the Porta Sant’Anna, one of the entrances to Vatican City. They live in the building on the right.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe (2/27)

“There is not one single heroic act that we are unable to accomplish with the help of the Immaculate.”

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Inside Vatican City (2)

Looking towards the Porta Sant'Anna, one of the entrances to Vatican City and where the Swiss Guards are on duty.  The round stone building on the right is the Vatican Bank.  Just beyond the gate, you can look down the Borgo Pio.

Looking towards the Porta Sant’Anna, one of the entrances to Vatican City and where the Swiss Guards are on duty. The round stone building on the right is the Vatican Bank. Just beyond the gate, you can look down the Borgo Pio.

A glorious inscription of Pope Pius XI

A glorious inscription of Pope Pius XI

The upper left part of the building houses the Vatican Museum.

The upper left part of the building houses the Vatican Museums.

Vatican Post Office

Vatican Post Office

This building is home to the Opvs Fvndatvm Latinitas. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/latinitas/documents/index_lt.htm Just beyond the red truck is the Vatican grocery store.

This building is home to the Opvs Fvndatvm Latinitas.
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/latinitas/documents/index_lt.htm
Just beyond the red truck is the Vatican grocery store.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe (2/26)

“God permits that you go through a sense of being disheartened, filled with doubts and lonesomeness.  But this is always for His glory and that of His Immaculate Mother.  However, if you trust not in yourself in anything, placing instead all your confidence in our Immaculate Mother, you will always triumph, even though all of hell, the flesh, and the devil assailed you.”

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Inside Vatican City

There will be more to come tomorrow.

In the Cortile del Belvedere, beyond the fountain and slightly to the left and above are the Vatican Museums.

In the Cortile del Belvedere, beyond the fountain and slightly to the left and above are the Vatican Museums.

Through the archways are ramps which allow you to drive up to the Cortile di San Damaso.

Through the archways are ramps which allow you to drive up to the Cortile di San Damaso.

The Borgia Apartment

The Borgia Apartment

The Borgia Apartment.  The doorway is the entrance to the bookstore of the Vatican Library, which is not the same as the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, located in the Piazza San Pietro. http://www.vatlib.it/home.php?pag=editoria

The Borgia Apartment. The doorway is the entrance to the bookstore of the Vatican Library, which is not the same as the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, located in the Piazza San Pietro.
http://www.vatlib.it/home.php?pag=editoria

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St. Maximilian Kolbe (2/25)

“When at times I am tempted to worry, I immediately say to myself: ‘Silly one, why do you worry?  Is this your work?  If all belongs to the Immaculate, will she not attend to it?  Then let Her lead you!'”

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