Category Archives: Vatican City

St. Josaphat

Today is the Feast of St. Josaphat.  His body lies in St. Peter’s Basilica in the right transept.  To find out more about him, you can see Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical Ecclesiam Dei.

St. Josaphat

St. Josaphat

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Inside Vatican City

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Citta del Vaticano

The Apostolic Palace seen through Bernini's colonnade

The Apostolic Palace seen through Bernini’s colonnade

Working on the roof of the Apostolic Palace

Working on the roof of the Apostolic Palace

Swiss Guards on duty

Swiss Guards on duty

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Protectors of the Holy Father

Protectors of the Holy Father

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Bernini’s Colonnade

The majestic colonnade of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The majestic colonnade of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

St. Peter's and Bernini's fountain seen through the colonnade

St. Peter’s and Bernini’s fountain seen through the colonnade

Piazza San Pietro, with the obelisk and Bernini's fountain. A relic of the True Cross is in the cross at the top of the obelisk.  You can also see the Apostolic Palace.

Piazza San Pietro, with the obelisk and Bernini’s fountain. A relic of the True Cross is in the cross at the top of the obelisk. You can also see the Apostolic Palace.

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Ash Wednesday

Lent begins today.  “Remember man that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.”  The photos were taken in the Vatican Necropolis.

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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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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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