Via del Croce in Roma took place this evening of Good Friday. The Vatican conducted the Way of the Cross under a full moon in the Colosseum/Forum area for a multitude of international people. A most impressive ceremony marking the passion of Christ. A travelogue will show the best of the photos we were able to retrieve.
(newspaper account - ref news.telegraph) It is a devil of a job but someone has to do it. Applications are invited for exorcism training at the Vatican's Rome university, the Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum.
"Exorcism and the Prayer of Liberation" is the 10-week course including sessions in exorcism rites, how to talk to the Devil, the tricks he uses to fight back and signs of the occult hidden in rock music and video games.
Students also attend classes in psychology so that priests can distinguish between "real cases" of satanic possession and illnesses such as schizophrenia.
The recruitment drive comes amid growing Vatican concern about a rise in Satanism. Pope Benedict XVI this week praised 180 of the students gathered at a secret location outside Rome.
"I encourage you to continue your important ministry in the services of the Church," the new Pope told them, saying their work would be closely supported by local bishops.
The chapel inside St. Peter's Basilica can be visited by locals, members of the public and foreign tourists. However when we visit a chapel inside St. Peter's Basilica especially the Chapel of the Choir which is located near the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica, we have to take off our hats or caps, keep silent or keep our voice down to show respect to the chapel and to the locals and foreign visitors who pray in silence in the chapel. Dress code also applies for entering the chapel as well as St. Peter's Basilica. Nevertheless we could not remember whether photography and video recording is permitted inside the chapel!
Many traditions are firmly in place when a new Pope is elected. The "smoke signal from the chimney of the conclave room is one of the more famous. Pope John Paul II himself promulgated a whole new set of rules in 1996 and added the ringing of bells to the white smoke signal. The eligible cardinals vote in secret ballots until someone receives a vote of two-thirds plus one. The ballots are burned after each vote. Black smoke drived from the mix of straw with the ballots indicates a failed election while the appearance of white smoke means a new pope has been chosen. Since the cardinals meet in isolation, it's the only way to inform the public about the proceedings.
The current Pope Pope Benedict XVI was elected as the new Pontiff in the fourth round of balloting by the cardinals.
We shall limit ourselves to noting only the principal works exposed:
Early Italians and Byzantines
Giotto and followers
Melozzo da Forli
Minor painters of the 15th century
15th century polyptychos
15th century Umbrian School
Leonardo da Vinci
Titian, Veronese and various 16th century artists
However, it must be mentioned that the most important architectural contribution of the 20th century is the great Pontifical Audience hall, designed by pier luigi nervi (1971), which is entered through the "arco delle campane" for the pope's weekly audiences and other special events.
The Vatican City is the richest country in the world, in former times the church was so wealthy, and it was one of the reasons for the Renaissance period that left the papacy in power epoch!
many golden statues are every where and it is marvelous.
In the museum there is a section of the pictures photographing new art, I saw pictures of the war in Iraq, and it was touching, also there were extravagant pictures and nature and artistic art, it really worth a visit and it is a free entrance!
The Pope and the Vatican are guarded by the famed Swiss guards. They have been the paid mercenaries of the pope since 1506 when they were hired to protect the Pope from the warring city states of Italy.
The Vatican is, of course, entirely within the city of Rome. But it is also the only country in the world that officially speaks Latin. So, finally, those of you who had to labor long hours to try to master Latin in High School or college, you'll have your chance to shine.
I can read some Latin, but I can't distinguish it very well from Italian, especially when it is spoken. Thankfully, it wasn't hard to find someone who spoke English or Spanish. Though the official language of the Vatican is Latin, I hear that Italian is far more commonly used. You should have no real language problems in the Vatican.
There is lots of great art in the Vatican– and there are lots of people that want to take pictures of this art.
Most places in Vatican City will permit you to take photos but without a flash. And that is with good reason – over time the constant flashes will damage the paintings. It would be the same as keeping the lights on it – over time, damage occurs. And we want these wonderful pieces of art to remain as is so future generations can enjoy them. And even if flash is allowed, if you don’t need to use it, then try to get along without it – think of it as prolonging the life of the artwork.
Just a handful of places do not permit photography or videos of any kind – not cameras, not cell phone cameras, nothing, nada, zero. Please adhere to these restrictions. Many of the more well attended tourist attractions have guards that look for cameras – and they do not hesitate to call you out. I personally watched several people have these guards come right up to them and get in their faces about taking photos.
Most places have a sign at the entrance that lets you know if photography is allowed, permitted without flash, or prohibited. If in doubt, ask.
Be mindful of other people in your photos – not everyone likes their picture taken. And try to take your photo quickly so you do not disturb others. Most places do not allow tripods, so you may not want to even bring one with you. In churches, be mindful of those who are actually there to worship.
If you can’t take photos in the place you are in, just relax and enjoy the reason you came – to see the beautiful artwork and architecture in Rome!
Swiss Guards protect the Vatican State.
They can be seen in their colourful costumes on the left hand side of St Peter's.
At certain times of the day access is granted through here to a cemetry where the poet Goethe is buried - check out VT'er Globetrott's page he has the details.
The Vatican has its own journal: “L’osservatore romano” (The Roman Observer) a daily newspaper with six issues per week (no issue on Mondays, to let the staff rest on Sudays). The journal has also a weekly edition in several languages: Italian, German, French, English, Polish, Spanish and Portuguese. It is available also online.
Why is it not called “L’osservatore Vaticano”? Because when it was founded, in 1861, Rome was still the capital city of the Church Kingdom, so when Rome was conquered in 1870 and the Church Kingdom was reduced to the small area of the Vatican, the journal kept its name.
In the picture you see a copy of the weekly edition. Normally I do not read it, but I happened to find this copy in the business lounge of an airport.
On Sundays at noon, provided the Pope is at the Vatican, he addresses the faithful from a floor high in the Vatican Palace. The window is marked by a tapestry emblazoned with the papal arms. The tiny dot appearing above the casement, the Supreme Leader of the Catholic Church, is yet another proof of the enormity of Vatican City. I probably figured in an audience of 100,000.
Here is the e-mail address given on their web site. email@example.com
It looks like they only sell religious articles online and the e-mail contact also specifies interest in a religious article. I suspect the scarves and other souvenir-type things are just brought into the shop for tourists.
Here are the address, phone and fax numbers so you can try to contact them.
Vatican Gift di Sonya Lombardi
Via Marianna Dionigi, 43
Italy 00193 Rome
Phone: +39 (0)6 322 57 31
Fax: +39 (0)6 322 57 31
If you haven't phoned Italy before, here are instructions from the USA.
To call an Italian phone number from the US or Canada, dial as follows:
· first dial the US long distance code 011
· then the country code (39 for Italy)
· then the city code (do not drop the leading zero)
· then the number