Italy

St. Paul, The Catacombs and Our Life with God

Today, we began the morning with a bus trip to the Catacombs, where the early Christians buried their dead, occasionally found sanctuary from Roman persecution, and preserved the faith. There are several catacombs in close proximity to Rome. The one we visited has a total of 12 miles of caves, crypts and narrow passageways. We celebrated communion together and reflected … [more]

Florence

Today we used our free day to travel to Florence. Michael and Bonnie Moe, parents of Westmont student and soccer player Caroline Moe, joined us. What a fantastic couple. We left our hotel early to give us plenty of time at the main terminal to figure out how to purchase our one-day train ticket to and from Florence. The bullet … [more]

Rome

                          Today we focused on the titanic clash of nation-states and religious identities. We began the morning at the Spanish Steps and traveled on to the Pantheon, originally a temple built for all the Roman gods but now a beautiful Christian church honoring Mary and the Christian martyrs. … [more]

Vatican City and St. Peter’s

Today was exhilarating, exhausting and mind-numbing. We awakened at 4:30 a.m., had our suitcases outside by 5 a.m., and headed to the airport at 5:30 a.m. My kind of day! The plane ride to Rome was nearly three hours. We enjoyed a wonderful Italian lunch and then headed to Vatican City. What a remarkable and enduring place. After visiting Athens … [more]

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