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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
“Truth does not change; it is only forgotten from one generation to the next. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it, and a lie is a lie even if everyone believes it.”- Bishop Fulton F. Sheen When Saint Pope John Paul II visited St Patrick’s Cathedral...
Organist on Tour
The Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is the only Gothic church in Rome and situated just round the corner from the Pantheon in the ancient district of Campus Martius. Its colourful rose windows shine on infamous Medici Popes entombed in imposing marble...
An exploration of Santa Maria Maggiore
One question that Seminarians get when we are back home is, “Do you have a favourite Church?”
Indeed, living in Rome we are spoiled for choice for church’s and often you can’t just name one. But over my nearly five years spent in studying here in Rome I do have a clear favourite. Its not just because there is English confession throughout the day every day, or that it is easy to get to from the College. But, for me there are 2 main features that make Santa Maria Maggiore my favourite Church in Rome.
Lent Station Masses
It is a Wednesday, it is 4.45am and my alarm is sounding. An even earlier start than normal. In what is a rare occurrence, the snooze button is not deployed. By the time I have showered, dressed and sorted my backpack for the day- and consumed what could be described as a very quick coffee- I am out the door of the Scots College and heading to the bus stop. It is freezing cold and still completely pitch black. A few of the other seminarians are already there when I arrive. One or two more appear moments behind me. None of us are going to Morning Prayer in the College today, which won’t begin for another hour at least.
The Living Spirituality of Medjugorje
Although I have been extremely fortunate to travel around Italy and Europe during my time in seminary, Medjugorje is by far my favourite place in the world. Before June 1981, when Our Lady appeared to six young children at Medjugorje, a little town in Bosnia-Herzegovina, most of the world had never heard of it. Many people have the belief that Our Lady continues to appear to some of the visionaries daily and has done for 42 years. Even after three trips to Medjugorje, I'm still captured by the serenity and peace that is in this special, sacred place.