March 7/09 St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican, Rome, Italy
I was rushing so fast I didn’t have time to get a lot of details except what my harried brain would absorb, lol.
I was awestruck by the beauty of the depictions of Christ, St. Peter (with the key to Rome) and St. Paul (with the sword) and of Pope Pius VIII.
The Pope is show kneeling, accompanied by a statue of Christ enthroned, with statues of Sts. Peter and Paul. The allegories are Prudence and Justice.
He was imprisoned in 1808 during the French domination of Italy for refusing to take the oath of allegiance to Napoleon.
He approved the decrees of the Council of Baltimore (October 1829), the first formal meeting of US bishops.
Under the monument is a door leading to the Sacristy and Treasury Museum. In this passage is a list of all the popes buried in St. Peter’s. In front of the monument is a mass schedule for the basilica.