Day 20 Evangelization
We started the day at Trevi Fountain to meet Fr. Ehli who shared some history on the fountain and then headed to Casa Santa Maria to join him for Mass. The Casa is a home for American priests who are studying in Rome.
After a beautiful Mass, we journeyed to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for a talk and tour. It was a joy to hear about how the Congregation works with these young Churches all over the world providing support as they grow. It rekindled in our hearts a greater zeal to spread the Gospel, pray and support the missionary activity of the Church. We also visited the Chapel there, dedicated to the Holy Magi where they have a habit from St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face underneath a painting of St. Francis Xavier both of whom are patrons for the Missions.
|Habit of St. Therese|
|A close-up of St. Therese's Habit|
We then visited Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, the site of the Apparation of our Lady to Alphonse Ratisbonne which led to his conversion and where St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe had his first Mass.
Next, we went to the famous Spanish Steps which were full of tourists and then stopped at the Church of the Guardian Angels before going home for pranzo.
In the afternoon, we enjoyed a presentation on the tomb of St. Peter in preparation for our visit and tour at the Vatican tomorrow.