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St. Benedict

Happy Feast of St. Benedict!

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The tomb of St. Benedict at Monte Cassino

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St. Benedict on the left, St. Scholastica, his sister, on the right

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Scenes from Monte Cassino

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The cell of St. Benedict in Rome

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St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church

Today is the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena. Her works make excellent reading. You can find here all 3 volumes of the Letters of St. Catherine of Siena. Enjoy!

The body of St. Catherine of Siena rests in the Roman church Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is near the Pantheon.

The body of St. Catherine of Siena rests in the Roman church Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is near the Pantheon.

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Feast of St. Cecilia

Today is the Feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.  She is one of the seven women mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.  Her relics are contained here in the basilica named for her in Trastevere (Rome).  The place of her martyrdom is also in the basilica, on the right side near the back of the basilica.

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Pope St. Gregory the Great

Today is the Feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great, who was pope from 590-604.  He made several changes in the Roman Canon of the Mass: (1) he added the names of seven female saints (Sts. Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, and Anastasia), having noted that none had been included; and, (2) he added the phrase: diesque nostros in tua pace disponas (order our days in Your peace), because of the invading barbarians.

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The tomb of Pope St. Gregory the Great in St. Peter’s basilica (Rome).

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The church of San Gregorio on Rome’s Caelian Hill.  It was from this church that Pope St. Gregory sent St. Augustine of Canterbury to evangelize England.

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The interior of the church

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The altar of the Blessed Sacrament

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An inscription in honor of St. Andrew the Apostle

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An inscription in honor of Pope St. Gregory I

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Gregorian Masses are named after Pope St. Gregory.  To the dismay of the monks in the monastery, money was found on a monk who had died.  St. Gregory offered Mass for the repose of his soul for 30 consecutive days, and on the last day saw the soul of the monk ascending to heaven.  This is reputedly the altar which St. Gregory used.

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“St. Gregory freed the soul of his monk by thirty Masses.”

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A close-up of the inscriptions on the altar

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The inscription over the cell where St. Gregory used to repose “by night and by day.”

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The throne of Pope St. Gregory the Great.  Notice the grate on the wall to the right.

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To the right of the throne of Pope St. Gregory is this grate, which protects hundred of relics.

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The church of San Gregorio (in the middle of the photo) seen from the Circus Maximus.  Some ruins on the Palatine Hill are to the left, and you can see the bell tower of San Francesca Romana in the Roman Forum.

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Dedication of St. Mary Major

August 5 is the Feast of the Dedication of St. Mary Major, which happens to be my favorite church in Rome.  Here you can read all about this glorious basilica.

The Borghese Chapel, with the image of Our Lady known as the 'Salus Populi Romani" (Salvation of the Roman people), attributed to St. Luke the Evangelist

The Borghese Chapel, with the image of Our Lady known as the ‘Salus Populi Romani” (Salvation of the Roman people), attributed to St. Luke the Evangelist

The dome of the Borghese Chapel

The dome of the Borghese Chapel

One of the basilica's vestments

One of the basilica’s vestments

Pope St. Pius V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the basilica. The ring on his finger was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Pope St. Pius V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the basilica. The ring on his finger was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The tomb of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the basilica

The tomb of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the basilica

The tomb of Pope Clement IX in the basilica. He had been canon and vicar of the basilica, and died on Dec. 9, 1669, in his 69th year, after a pontificate of 2 years, 5 months, and 19 days.

The tomb of Pope Clement IX in the basilica. He had been canon and vicar of the basilica, and died on Dec. 9, 1669, in his 69th year, after a pontificate of 2 years, 5 months, and 19 days.

Statue of Pope Sixtus V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Statue of Pope Sixtus V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

From the statue of Pope Sixtus V, just beyond the Blessed Sacrament altar, you can see the tomb of Pope St. Pius V.

From the statue of Pope Sixtus V, just beyond the Blessed Sacrament altar, you can see the tomb of Pope St. Pius V.

The rear of the basilica

The rear of the basilica

The altar in the confessio which contains relics from the crib of Christ.  The reliquary was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The altar in the confessio which contains relics from the crib of Christ. The reliquary was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

A close-up of the reliquary

A close-up of the reliquary

The altar in the confessio seen from behind the statue of Bl. Pope Pius IX

The altar in the confessio seen from behind the statue of Bl. Pope Pius IX

The portico of the basilica

The portico of the basilica

Another image from the portico

Another image from the portico

From the portico

From the portico

Statue of Our Lady on the facade of the basilica

Statue of Our Lady on the facade of the basilica

Statue of St. Charles Borromeo on the facade.  He had been archpriest of the basilica.

Statue of St. Charles Borromeo on the facade. He had been archpriest of the basilica.

The facade of the basilica

The facade of the basilica

Another image of the facade with a complete shot of the bell tower

Another image of the facade with a complete shot of the bell tower

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Feast of St. Bridget

Today is the Feast of St. Bridget.  Here are some photos from the Brigittine convent in Rome.

A relic of St. Bridget

A relic of St. Bridget

A chapel in the Brigittine convent

A chapel in the Brigittine convent

One of the rooms in the Brigittine convent

One of the rooms in the Brigittine convent

The courtyard of the Brigittine convent

The courtyard of the Brigittine convent

Another chapel in the Brigittine convent

Another chapel in the Brigittine convent

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Inside Vatican City

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