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Seminary life consistently provides a variety of distinct opportunities. Especially when the seminary itself is in Rome, there are infinite opportunities I never thought I would get to experience in my life.
In the seminary some of that takes place, but it is still very different. The seminary certainly is a place for living in the midst of the people entrusted to us – even more so than in the parish because we live in the same building. It is certainly a place for preaching the Word of God, but the only sacrament I would celebrate as vice rector would be the Eucharist.
The Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls is one of the four major papal basilicas in Rome. It is dedicated to Apostle Paul who was martyred in Rome between 64 and 68 AD and was built over his tomb. Even though it is located outside of Rome’s city centre, it is an important place of interest for thousands of pilgrims and visitors.
The whistle blew! The battle between Scotland and Italy commenced. Needless to say it was not a bashful but bashing display by the Scots. The ball was a red rag to the Scottish Bull.
Thirty feet beneath St Peter’s Basilica, and largely unknown to the pilgrims and tourists above, exist the remains of an ancient Roman graveyard. The ‘Vatican Necropolis’ is now a rather gloomy, humid space, but at one time...