Day 16 Chiesa Nuova

Today was an example of how God's plans are not always ours! We planned to go to Mass at the Church of the Stigmata of St. Francis, a nearby church we had not been to yet. When we arrived a few minutes early, there was a sign on the door telling us that there was no Mass there this week. So we rushed over to the Gesù, only to find that Mass was not for another hour there. We decided to go back to the first church to have some prayer time before returning to the Gesù. We laughed about what the locals were thinking as we went back and forth repeatedly!
Sr. Karen and Sr. Clare in front of an image of St. Francis at the Church of the Stigmata

Later we walked through the Campo dei Fiori, a market in a nearby piazza. That was a cultural experience for us all--multi-colored pasta, fresh fruits and vegetables, and free samples!
The Sisters exploring the vendors.
Sister Caridad takes in the sights and sounds of the market.

Some sample dips and spreads to try--pesto, salsa, and more!

Another highlight of the day was visiting Chiesa Nuova, the church where St. Philip Neri is buried. There were beautiful paintings in the side chapels as well.

The tomb of St. Philip Neri
Finally, we attempted to go to the church of St. John the Baptist, but it was closed by the time we arrived...we will try again tomorrow.

In the afternoon we had a presentation by Msgr. Thomas Fucinaro, of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He shared some examples of the type of work he does.

Tonight is another option of attending an evening play/concert about St. Joan of Arc.


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