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In 2010, I have 3 occasions to be in Rome. Firstly, the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers from 31 August - 21 September, where I am serving as the official Chronicler. My posts and photos are at the Chapter's website. Then, a holiday from … [More]
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    San Bartolomeo all'Isola
    The century-old history of the Basilica of St. Bartholomew begins on the Tiber Island, one of the …
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    St Bartholomew
    Today is the feast of the apostle Bartholomew (Nathanael), who was born at Cana and brought by the …
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    Santa Sabina Chapter Room
    St Dominic clothed St Hyacinth in the habit of the Order in 1220 here in Rome in this chapter room …
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    St Hyacinth of Poland
    Today, the Order celebrates the feast of Saint Hyacinth (Jacek) who was born near Wrocław (Breslau)…
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    Santa Sabina Cloister
    The main cloister of Santa Sabina, headquarters of the Dominicans in Rome since it was given to St …
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    Man of Faith
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Nave Ceiling of Il Gesu
    Decorated in 1679, the ceiling of the main Jesuit church of in Rome is painted by Baciccio, with …
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    Emblem of the Society of Jesus
    In 1541 St Ignatius of Loyola adopted the Christogram of the Holy Name of Jesus as his seal as …
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    Heavenly Discourse
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Christ entrusts his Flock to St Peter
    "Simon Peter, if you love me, feed my sheep." – Matins antiphon for the feast of SS Peter & Paul. …
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    St Romuald
    Today is the memorial of the abbot St Romuald who lived between 950 and 1027, and came from Ravenna…
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    Relic of the Column
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    The Triune God
    "With all our hearts we proclaim you in a loud voice, uncreated Father, only-begotten Son, Holy …
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    Deus Caritas Est
    "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be …
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    St Dominic
    "Almighty God, you have enlightened your Church by the merits and teachings of Saint Dominic, your …
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    Relic of St Dominic
    "Most holy priest of God, gracious confessor and outstanding preacher, most blessed Father Dominic,…
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    Shrine Chapel of St Dominic's Cell
    This is the once austere cell (monastic room) of St Dominic in the convent of Santa Sabina in Rome.…
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    Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary over the Order
    It has been the custom of the Church to invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary under titles such as Advocat…
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    Opus sectile Altar
    Opus sectile is a technique where, instead of having lots of individual tesserae, shapes in a …
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    St Cyril & St Methodius
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Corinthian Capital
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Virgin Mother in Silos
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Silos beasts
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Silos Bestiary
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    St Francis Xavier baptizing
    "Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant Francis, whom you called to preach …
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    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Under Our Lady's Mantle
    "He was called Dominic, and I speak of him as the gardener chosen by Christ to help him in his …
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    Wise Virgins
    "But at midnight there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those […
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    Ceiling of SS Cosma e Damiano
    The twin brothers Cosmas and Damian were martyred in c.287. They were from Cilicia (modern Turkey),…
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    St Peter and St Damian
    Detail from the 6th-century apse mosaic in the basilica of SS Cosmas & Damian in Rome. Here, St …
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    San Pio da Pietrelcina
    "Almighty and eternal God, who, by a singular grace, allowed the priest Saint Pio to participate …
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    St Matthew
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Pope St Gregory the Great's Throne
    In the church of San Gregorio on the Coelian Hill in Rome, which is built on the site of Pope St …
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    St Gregory's chapel
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Gregorius Magnus
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Flos Carmeli
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Gloria Cælorum
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Loving Shepherd
    "‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke …
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    Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza
    Built in 1642-1660 by the architect Francesco Borromini, the church of St Yves in Rome is part of …
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    Temple of All the Martyrs in Rome
    The Pantheon was the first temple in Rome to be converted into a church in 609, and dedicated to …
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    Ss Peter & Paul leading the Martyrs to Glory
    Detail from the glorious arch mosaic in Santa Prassede, c.822 which shows St Peter and St Paul, …
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    Precursor of the Lord
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Relics of St Peter Martyr
    "Almighty God, you granted Saint Peter the crown of martyrdom for his perseverance in professing …
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    Ascendit Christus
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Christ Ascending on High
    "Almighty God, fill us with a holy joy; teach us how to thank you with reverence and love on accoun…
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    Among the Philosophers
    Today, 1 June, is the feast of St Justin who was born around the year 100 in the Palestinian provin…
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    Marcus Aurelius
    "Almighty and everlasting God, you found your martyr Justin wandering from teacher to teacher, …
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    Marian Blue
    "Today we celebrate the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: come, let us ring out our joy to …
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    Sign of Roman Traders
    In the Acts of the Apostles, one meets Lydia (Acts 16:14), who was "a devout woman from the town …
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    Roman matron
    In today's reading in Acts 16:14, we are introduced to Lydia: "One who heard us was a woman named …
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    Basilica of SS Nereo e Achilleo
    This church was one of the tituli, the first parish churches of Rome, known as the Titulus Fasciola…
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    Apse of SS Nereus & Achilleus
    Santi Nereo e Achilleo is an ancient church dedicated to St Nereus and St Achilleus, 4th century …
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    St Catherine receives the Stigmata
    "Almighty God, you made Saint Catherine burn with divine love in contemplating the Lord’s passion …
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    St Catherine of Siena OP
    St Catherine was born in Siena, Italy, in 1347. One of twenty-five children, while still a small …
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    The Tomb of St Catherine of Siena
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    St James the Minor
    Bas relief of the apostle St James the Less from the portico of Sancti Apostoli in Rome. Today is …
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    St Philip
    Bas relief of the apostle St Philip from the portico of Sancti Apostoli in Rome. Today is his …
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    Shrine of the holy Apostles Philip and James
    "Lord God, you give us the joy every year of celebrating the feast day of the apostles Philip and …
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    Pope Benedict XVI
    Detail of the mosaic roundel in the basilica of St Paul outside the Walls of Rome. The basilica …
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    Ad multos annos!
    "O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve…
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    Christ feeds us in the Eucharist
    "On the afternoon of Maundy Thursday the Easter Triduum effectively begins, with the remembrance …
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    Martyrdom of St Stephen
    26 December is the feast of St Stephen, the first martyr of the Faith. This fresco of the saint …
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    St Stephen with St Hippolytus
    Detail from the 6th-century mosaic in San Lorenzo fuori le mura in Rome. St Stephen, the deacon …
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    St John the Evangelist
    "This is the apostle John, who leaned on the breast of the Lord at the supper: blessed is the …
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    Mater Dei
    A new find for new year's eve... This fresco dates to the 7th-century, and it is in the entrance …
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    Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
    "I know not how to praise you, holy and immaculate Virgin. Heaven itself cannot contain the One …
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    Worship the Newborn King
    "To greet His birth the Wise Men went, led by the star before them sent; called on by light, toward…
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    Venite Adoremus
    "Fairer than the sun at morning Was the star that told his birth; To the lands their God announcing…
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    Resting among the Green
    Back into 'Ordinary Time' today... the liturgical season whose colour is green. Here, a Dominican …
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    Storge, or filial affection, is one of the four loves as presented by C. S. Lewis. Here, we see …
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    Eros is famously erotic love; one of the four Greek words for love. It is desire, passion, and the …
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    Amicitia Spiritualis
    12 January is the feast of St Aelred of Rievaulx, the 12th-century abbot of a Cistercian abbey in …
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    Agape is one of the four Greek loves, and it is now generally understood to refer to God's uncondit…
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    Entering Santa Sabina
    The ancient doors of the basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome are made from cypress, and date to c.432.…
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    Rosary Altar
    "O God, Whose only - begotten Son by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the …
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    Sant Agnese fuori le mura
    Just off the busy Via Nomentana, outside the ancient walls of Rome, is the basilica of St Agnes, a …
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    The Shrine of St Agnes
    "At Rome, the passion of St. Agnes, virgin, who under Symphronius, governor of the city, was thrown…
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    St Agnes
    "Today is the birthday of a virgin; let us imitate her purity. It is the birthday of a martyr; let …
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    St Agnes of Rome
    "Let us keep the feast of blessed Agnes, and recall the kind of suffering she endured: in the full …
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    Basilica of St Agnes
    Pope Honorius I (625-638) built this church over the tomb of St Agnes of Rome, a virgin martyr of …
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    Pope Honorius I
    Detail of a 7th-century mosaic in the apse of Sant' Agnese fuori le mura, showing Pope Honorius I (…
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    Santa Constanza
    This circular building was built, c.351-2 by Constantina, daughter of the emperor Constantine as …
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    Vicarius Christi
    In 1870 the First Vatican Council, convoked by Pope Blessed Pius IX, declared that the Pope has "…
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    Shrine Chapel of Blessed Pius IX
    Pope Blessed Pius IX is buried at the basilica of San Lorenzo four le mura in Rome. The chapel …
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    Damascus Road Conversion
    "The fact is, brothers, and I want you to realise this, the Good News I preached is not a human …
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    Saint Paul
    "I am the least of the apostles; in fact, since I persecuted the Church of God, I hardly deserve …
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    "Today, Lord, we celebrate the conversion of Saint Paul, your chosen vessel for carrying your name …
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    St Paul writing to Timothy
    Timothy and Titus were converted to Christianity by St Paul, and became his companions and helpers.…
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    St Paul (Burne Jones)
    "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life which is …
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    St Paul and the Elders
    Detail from the triumphal arch of San Paolo fuori le mura, with St Paul, and above him, twelves of …
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    Cloister of San Paolo
    Wide-angle view of the medieval cloister of St Paul's outside the Walls of Rome. Source: Lawrence …
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    Papal Humility
    Pope Honorius III (1216-27) was the pope who approved the Order of Preachers in 1216. He also …
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    Inside the Cloister Garth of San Paolo
    View from inside the graceful medieval cloister of San Paolo fuori le Mura which was erected betwee…
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    St Thomas Aquinas
    St Thomas, a member of the noble family of Aquino, was born in the castle of Rocca Sicca in 1225, …
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    Doctor Communis
    "It is evident that not all are able to labour at learning and for that reason Christ has given as …
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    St Blaise
    St. Blase has been extremely popular for centuries in both the Eastern and Western Churches. He …
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    Rabbit Hunter!
    Today, 3 February 2011, is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. In the twelve year cycle, …
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    Roman Light I
    Tourists illuminated by bright light from a window in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, …
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    Roman Light II
    The ancient 5th-century basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome is graced with alabaster windows with …
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    Roman Light III
    Light from a stained glass rose window touches this arch and statue in the north transept of the …
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    St Agatha
    "At Catana in Sicily, in the time of Emperor Decius and the judge Quinctian, the birthday of St. …
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    The Virgin Martyr's Crown
    "Give us the wings of faith to rise within the veil, and see the saints above, how great their …
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    Roman Lane (Ostia Antica)
    The evocative streets of Ostia Antica, where one can step back in time and walk the same roads …
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    Roman Tavern (Ostia Antica)
    This is a Thermopolium, a shop that sold food and hot drinks in ancient Rome. Dating to the 3rd-…
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    Mosaic Pattern
    Detail of a geometric pattern from the floor of one of the the Bath Houses in Ostia Antica. Source:…
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    Mosaic in Ostia Antica
    Beautiful floor mosaic, c.130 AD in a house in Ostia with a lovely design of scrolls, acanthus …
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    Cluster of Capitals
    Sta Constanza is the mausoleum of Constantina, built c.354, and as typical for imperial mausolea, …
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    Wine Production I
    A charming detail from the ceiling of Sta Constanza, showing a putto leading an ox-cart with a …
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    Wine Production II
    Detail from the ceiling of Sta Constanza, showing putti treading grapes in a vine press. These …
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    Santa Constanza ceiling II
    The mosaic ceiling of Sta Constanza, c.354 features (among other things) a vineyard scene. Although…
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    The Minerva Obelisk
    Bernini mounted an obelisk from the Temple of Isis on an elephant in 1667, and it stands in the …
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    Inside Sta Maria sopra Minerva
    Sta Maria sopra Minerva is said to be the only Gothic church in Rome. It was built by the Dominican…
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    The Holy Redeemer
    This small altarpiece of the Holy Face of Christ the Redeemer is in a side chapel of the church of …
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    Tomb of Beato Fra Angelico
    "He shut his eyes in death at Rome in the priory of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, following the course…
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    Blessed John of Fiesole
    "To be sure, Brother John, a thoroughly remarkable man in his spiritual life and art, always charms…
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    Bird and Flowers
    'Pietra dura' is a term for the technique of using cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones …
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    Youth and the Grapevine
    Detail from the 5th-century mosaic ceiling of the church of Santa Constanza in Rome, showing a …
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    Porphyry and Malachite
    Detail from a Cosmatesque marble floor in San Crisogono in Rome, utilising typically contrasting …
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    Angel and Trumpet
    Detail from the memorial tomb of Pope Gregory XV and his nephew, Cardinal Ludovisi, who founded …
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    St Peter Enthroned
    "Today it is appropriate to remember the Holy Father’s visit and to pray for him in a special way …
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    The Altar of the Chair
    "[St Peter] chosen by Christ as "rock" on which to build the Church (cf. Matthew 16:18), began his …
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    The Chair of St Peter
    "Dear Brothers and Sisters, in the apse of St. Peter's Basilica, as you know, is found the monument…
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    With St Dominic's reliquary
    A photo taken by a Dominican brother during the General Chapter in Rome in September 2010. We were …
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    Te Deum Laudo!
    "For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise …
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    Sta Maria in Domnica
    Situated on the Cælian Hill in Rome, the church of Sta Maria in Domnica is ancient. The word '…
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    Mosaics in Sta Maria in Domnica
    Detail from the mosaics of the church of Sta Maria in Domnica, which date to the 9th-century. A …
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    Ceiling of Sta Maria in Domnica
    A fantastic carved wood ceiling of Sta Maria in Domnica, with emblems that represent the titles …
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    Rex Apostolorum
    Christ seated in a mandorla is flanked by angels, and then approached by Ss Peter and Paul, the …
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    St Michael the Archangel
    "May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle that the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of: 'Be …
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    Fending off the Demons
    "Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, free the souls of all the faithful departed from infernal punish…
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    Faith Triumphant
    "Faith is the fundamental thing in the Christian life: everything else is built on that. If you …
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    Moses Fountain
    The Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, also called the Fountain of Moses, is a monumental fountain located …
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    Mosaics of Ss Cosmas & Damian
    Santi Cosma e Damiano was the first church to be founded in the Forum. In 527, Pope Felix IV (526-…
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    St Matthew and the angels
    "Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of …
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    Eagle of St John
    "And round the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in …
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    Worthy is the Lamb
    "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and …
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    Capitol Hill
    The existing design of the Piazza del Campidoglio and the surrounding palazzi was created by Renais…
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    Museo Capitolini
    The distinctive star-shaped paving was only installed in 1940 by Mussolini, to a design by Michelan…
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    Caesar's or God's?
    "The chief priests and the scribes and the elders sent to Jesus some Pharisees and some Herodians …
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    Bust of Marcus Aurelius in the Capitoline Musuem of Rome, beautifully illuminated by the Roman sun. …
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    "Is not this the fast that I choose [says the Lord]: Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,…
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    Glory of Holiness
    "Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your …
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    Saint Joseph the Guardian
    "The reasons why St. Joseph must be considered the special patron of the Church, and the Church in …
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    Transfiguration of Christ
    "The mystery of light par excellence is the Transfiguration, traditionally believed to have taken …
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    Transfiguration of the Lord
    "Suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which …
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    Friars at the Well
    "‘You have no bucket, sir,’ she answered ‘and the well is deep: how could you get this living …
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    Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well
    "Jesus came to the Samaritan town called Sychar, near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. …
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    Christ handing on the Law
    "Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. …
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    Michelangelo's Moses
    In 1505 Pope Julius II commissioned Michaelangelo to sculpt a statue of Moses for his tomb. For …
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    St John Baptist de La Salle
    Today, 7 April, is the memorial of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, who was born in Rheims, France …
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    O Oriens
    "O Morning Star, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who …
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    O Clavis David
    "O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no …
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    O Adonai
    "O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning …
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    O Sapientia
    "O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightil…
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    Detail from the ceiling of Santa Susanna, the American church in Rome. Today, 8 December, is the …
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    St Ambrose
    A statuette of St Ambrose, c.1455 in the church of Sant'Agostino in Rome. St Ambrose was a key …
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    St Ambrose of Milan
    St Ambrose was born in Trier (now in Germany) between 337 and 340, to a Roman family: his father …
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    Supported by the Doctors
    The dome of the Portuguese church in Rome rests on the four Latin Dictors of the Church, SS. August…
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    St Nicholas
    A painting of St Nicholas of Myra, with his attributes such as the ship, and the three boys rising …
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    The Divine Judge
    "Almighty and merciful God, let neither our daily work nor the cares of this life prevent us from …
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    St John the Baptist
    "On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry announces that the Lord is nigh; awake and hearken, for he …
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    St Francis Xavier
    St Francis Xavier was born in the Basque country of Spain in 1506. He met Ignatius Loyola when he …
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    Veni Redemptor Gentium
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Golden Angel
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Benedictus qui venit
    "So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure …
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    St Catherine of Alexandria (mosaic)
    Mosaic of St Catherine, patroness of philosophers, in the church of Santa Maria di Loreto in Rome. …
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    Pantheon Door Frame
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Horse Tamer
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Imperial Light
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Balancing Act
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Christ the Universal King
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Dominus Sanctorum
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    21 November is the feast of Our Lady's Presentation in the Temple, but this year it is impeded by …
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    Mater Domini
    "Eternal Father, we honour the holiness and glory of the Virgin Mary. May her prayers bring us the …
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    Cloister Arches
    The barley twist columns of the medieval cloister of San Paolo fuori la mura in Rome gives the …
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    First Meeting of Sts Peter & Paul
    2008-9 was the year of St Paul, and this is one of the panels from a new set of doors installed to …
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    St Paul on his Baldachino
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Paschal Candlestick in San Paolo
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Apse of San Paolo
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Cosmati Cloister Columns
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Inside St Peter's Basilica
    A wide-angle view of St Peter's from the west end. Today, 18 November, is the anniversary of the …
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    St Paul's Basilica
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    The glories of San Paolo
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Virgin & Child mosaic
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    Sta Maria in Cosmedin sanctuary
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    Santa Maria in Cosmedin
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    The Bishop of Rome's Cathedra
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    Lateran Cloister arches
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    Lateran Cloister
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    Senate Door details
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    Inside St John Lateran
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    The Father in the Mother Church
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    The Papal Altar of St John Lateran
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    Mater Amabilis
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    Christ on the Tree of Life
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    Crucifixion (Sta Sabina doors)
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    "Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou hast given …
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    Inside San Carlo
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    San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
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    Pope St Gregory says Mass for the Holy Souls
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    Beati, qui nunc fletis...
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Mausoleum Mosaics
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    The Elders of Heaven
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    Worthy is the Lamb
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    Celestial Vision
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    The Saints in Bright Array
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    The Saints lead us to Christ
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    The Saints go Marching in...
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    All Hallows Eve
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    Skull with Turban
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    In the Grip of Death
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    Ostia Antica - Shrine to Hercules
    Small niches with statues of the gods are found all over Ostia - in households, courtyards, shops, …
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    A bust of Marcus Aurelius Commodus as Hercules. Commodus was born in 161 and ruled from 180 to 192.…
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    Temple of Hercules
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    Temple of Hercules in Ostia Antica
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    Altar of Sta Maria in Campitelli
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    St Simon the Apostle
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    Dome of Sta Maria in Campitelli
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    St Peter's Basilica
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    The Holy Father preaching
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    Swiss Guard and Vatican Policeman
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    Bishops in St Peter's narthex
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    English Dominicans in Santa Sabina
    Santa Sabina is the home of the Master of the Order of Preachers and his Curia. It has been a …
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    Pope Benedict at his window
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Before the Papal Mass
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Cloister Entry
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    St Sabine's on the Aventine Hill
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Nave of Santa Prassede
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    Mosaics of Santa Prassede
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    Christ in the Apse of Santa Prassede
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    The Ox of St Luke
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    Chapel of St Zeno
    Built by Pope Paschal I as a mausoleum for his mother Theodora, in 817-24, the chapel of St Zeno …
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    Christ in St Zeno's Chapel
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    Angelic supporter
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    Madonna dei Pellegrini
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    St Margaret Mary Alacoque
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    Chapel of St Teresa
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    Piazza del Popolo
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    Playing in the People's Plaza
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    Carved details in Diocletian's Baths
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    Dome of Santa Maria di Loreto
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Classical Beauty
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    Dusk in central Rome
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    Newman's Cardinalatial church
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    St Vincent de Paul
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    Bernini's Colonnade
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    De Cohors Helvetica
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    The Lateran Nave Ceiling
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    Vespers with the Master
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    Looking towards the Angelicum
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San Bartolomeo all'Isola

The century-old history of the Basilica of St. Bartholomew begins on the Tiber Island, one of the first inhabited areas of the ancient city of Rome. At the time of the Roman Empire, an ancient temple dedicated to the god Aesculapius was built in … [More]