Friday, January 25, 2008

Santa Maria in Trastevere

I stopped into our local parish for Mass and a look around this morning. Santa Maria is on the site of one of the oldest churches in Rome and the current building dates from around 1140 (practically brand new, by Roman standards). It is also the home of the San Egidio Community, a lay movement in the Catholic Church that began after the Second Vatican Council and that focuses on prayer, service to the poor, and working for peace. They have evening prayer at Santa Maria every night, with scores of people present.

Santa Maria's St. Anthony looks a bit burdened by all the requests made of him. I wonder if these are all for lost objects?

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