The College community spent the morning with the director of the English Section of Vatican Radio after celebrating Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.
On Friday 2nd October, the Scots College community visited St. Peter’s Basilica for an early morning Mass at the altar of Pope St John XXIII, pontiff at the time of start of the current building on the Via Cassia.
The new Vice Rector, Fr. Gerald Sharkey presided with the whole community and spoke during his sermon, of the need to make the most of the opportunities living in Rome gives to us, during our time in the city.
Afterwards, the community congregated at the offices of Vatican Radio on the Piazza Pia, where Seàn Patrick Lovett, head of the English section spoke of how the Church itself is communication, giving the example of how the church has worked to spread the Gospel throughout the ages, using different forms of media available to it.
During the two hour visit the group visited Studio 3 at the Vatican Radio complex, the studio now named after Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who, whilst Archbishop of Krakow at the time used the studio to record messages for the Catholics of communist Poland during the Cold War. The studio was renamed in his honour and blessed live on air, by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. The tour included a look into the live studio and more details of the running of the international network, providing a wide ranging insight into the extent of the work of Vatican Radio.
The group are pictured in one of the Press Conference rooms at Vatican Radio’s offices with Seàn Patrick Lovett, Head of the English Section (centre).