Saturday, June 29, 2013

St Peter and St Paul

St Peter by  Arnolfo di Cambio
 A very special festivity today as we honor the two pillars of the church, Saint Peter and Saint Paul. I share with you two photos I took last year during my visit to Rome. The bronze statue of St Peter was sculpted by Arnolfo di Cambio and St Peter’s foot is worn out with the millions of people touching it reverently over the centuries. It is situated close to the main altar under the Bernini baldacchino. 
St Paul's statue in his own basilica
The other statue is that of St Paul in the portico of the basilica of St Paul outside the walls. There is also a beautiful cloister adjacent to the same basilica. Peter and Paul met only briefly, but it was enough to solidify a relationship that will forever bind them together. They both died a martyr’s death, St Peter being crucified upside down, and St Paul being beheaded in Rome.

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