Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Rome, Italy

Paul was technically a prisoner while was in Rome. It is an interesting story (in Acts 27-28) how he was tried before several leaders, but all were reluctant to restrict him; so he continued his ministry, living in a rented house, while being officially a Roman prisoner.

I am looking forward to going back to the Vatican. I know more what to look for in the Sistine Chapel this time. I have studied this site to be prepared to locate specific parts of the art. We will visit St. Peter's Basilica. Last time we were here, we were privileged to be in the crowd at St. Peter's Square for an appearance and blessing by Pope John Paul II. Perhaps we will have an opportunity to see and receive a blessing from the new pope, Benedict XVI, on this trip.

One of the highlights for me last time was seeing Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the Swiss Guard in uniforms designed by Michelangelo. We will again see the Catacombs of San Callisto, the Victor Emanuel Monument, built in honor of Italy's first king, and the Mamartine Prison, one of the oldest structures in Rome. (Here is one writer's account of her visit to this site.)

Tonight the ship will remain docked at the port of Civataveccia in Rome, and tomorrow we will disembark again and visit the Coliseum, the Arch of Titus, the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus.

No comments: