Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ciao, Roma!

Just getting back to Washington this afternoon. The Rome visit is now over. It was a very worthwhile week of meetings with the dicasteries of the Holy See. Each meeting was informative, and helped to put a human face on the hierarchical structure of the Church. We were received warmly by each office, who took a genuine interest in us, our studies, and our future role as canon lawyers. Each office presented to us their main work and area of competency, with a focus on how we will most likely be interacting with them in the future. A highlight had to be the opportunity to meet with officials of the Apostolic Signatura and Roman Rota. We invited two of the American Rotal judges to dinner with us, which led to some interesting dinner-table conversation (some of which occured in Latin...). Here's some pics of the week:

Vesting for Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major:

Getting ready for our meeting with the Secretariat of State:

The room where the Holy Father greets state visitors to the Holy See:

The view overlooking St. Peter's Square from the balcony of the Secretariat of State:

The office of the papal master of ceremonies:

A hallway in the Apostolic palace:

What's on the other side of the door? The Sistine Chapel:

"Annuntio vobis gaudiam magnam!":

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