Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tu es Petrus

Tu es Petrus - You are Peter
Continuing our reflections and insights into the Papacy, I share with you today the magnificent bronze statue of Saint Peter inside the basilica dedicated to him. With his foot extended forward, millions of people have touched the foot of Peter, so much that it is worn out, smooth and shiny as if it had just been sandpapered. 
The worn out bronze foot of St Peter - actually both are worn out
The bronze statue was originally in the old St Peter’s basilica and was the work of Arnolfo di Cambio, who lived in the 13th century. Many Popes over the last 7 centuries have seen it representing their role as Shepherds of the people entrusted to their care. 
St Peter by bronze sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio
And two days before officially retiring, Pope Benedict XVI himself decided to be called “Pope Emeritus,” while still living in a monastery in the Vatican Gardens. He will be called "Your Holiness Benedict XVI" and either ‘Emeritus Pope’ or ‘Emeritus Roman Pontiff.’

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