Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January 24th

We started our day by having mass with Cardinal Harvey at St. Paul's Outside the Walls where St. Paul is buried. 

After some breakfast with the Cardinal we visited the Secretariat of State within the walls of the Vatican. This congregation takes care of two things: first, internal helps for the Pope (translations, helping prepare various speeches, answering letters and organizing the visits of various heads of state) second, they organize the Church's diplomatic relations.

They took us up on a terrace to get a unique view of St. Peter's Basilica and Square.

At the Secretariat of State

In the evening, we visited the rooms of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). We were able to celebrate Mass in the room where he died.

It is amazing to think about what one yes to Jesus can do.  Thanks to St. Ignatius's yes, the Jesuits evangelized the New World (including the America's). Many saints have come from the Jesuits and they have also given us our current Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Mass in St. Ignatius's Room

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