Only a foot soldier of Christ could fearlessly face being tied to a tree and shot full of arrows. Saint Sebastian survived this execution attempt and returned to tell Roman emperor Diocletian to repent for his sins. Diocletian’s answer was to have Saint Sebastian beaten to death and his body thrown in the sewers of Rome circa 288 AD.
Here is a short film that takes you to the Basilica where Saint Sebastian is honored on January 20, his feast day. The faithful can visit both the church and the catacombs where his remains are believed to be buried. – Ginny Prior
The energy is palpable. A full enrollment of young Americans are studying for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College. These men are part of a new generation of foot soldiers for Christ. Father Mike Russo takes you there in this short podcast, produced by Matt Magnaghi:
Interview with Matthew Murray – East Bay Seminarian in Rome
Saint Praxedes was an early Christian virgin and martyr from second century Rome. Saint Praxedes was one of many influential women in the early church, a fact that is often overlooked today by those who forget the important roles many women played in the first few centuries after Christ. Continue reading
Photo by Anthony Oliveira
My life is complete. I just saw my favorite art piece, Bernini’s The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. After a delicious lunch of caprese salad and espresso, Anthony, a fellow pilgrim, and I hopped into the rain on a mission. We were headed to the Santa Maria Della Vittoria which houses Bernini’s famous sculpture. Continue reading
Photo by Meaghan Osborne
I consider wine to be a food group, which is why I blend in with Italians. Wine is part of the meal and to exclude it would cheapen the dining experience. Even Jesus enjoyed wine with his friends. Continue reading
Imagine being so fervent in your faith that you are willing to die for it. Imagine being 13 years old. Saint Agnes held fast to her Christian beliefs and was martyred in 304 AD. Her feast day is celebrated on January 21. In Rome, it is a moving tradition that attracts a large flock of faithful and two baby lambs who have been specially chosen to symbolize Saint Agnes and Jesus, the lamb of God. Join us for this celebration:
Videographer – Ginny Prior; Photographer – Marian Pantaleon; Producer – Mitchell Woodrow. Thanks to all Saint Mary’s pilgrims who contributed photos to this video.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Saint Agnes is that she was martyred at the young age of twelve or thirteen. The legends say that she rejected a marriage proposal because of her devotion to faith and the slighted man reported to authorities that she was a Christian. Continue reading
Rome is, itself, a paradox. Ancient basilicas stand guard as monuments to Christianity, even as sirens and car horns remind us that peace can be fleeting.
Still, it is possible to find. In an era where war tears at so many countries, record numbers of people are making pilgrimages; one in three according to the United Nations. Continue reading