The Scala Santa will be closed for restoration in 2018. It’s still possible to visit the church and a staircase beside the Scala Santa is available for the faithful to climb on their knees and receive the same special graces. The Scala Santa are the stairs Jesus climbed the day He was condemned to death. […]
Want to suck the joy out of your devices for Lent, join me in going grayscale!
The Lenten Station Churches of Rome – 2018 edition. It’s my favorite tradition in Rome.
Over 500 people traveled with me in 2017. 87 of those were kids. My people came from 16 different countries. 85% were women. Together we saw the Holy Father 44 times. We celebrated 99 Masses. We visited 137 churches across 9 countries. We visited the Apostolic Palace twice. We saw U2 in Dublin. We got […]
For the first time in four years, I’ll be home for Christmas! I’d love to bring you something from Rome. Maybe a rosary or medal blessed by the Holy Father? A gift for you. A gift for someone you love. I plan to ship everything next week, so you should have it by Christmas. Don’t […]
I’ve wanted to attend a Rorate Mass for years. Living in Rome, I was sure I’d have plenty of chances, so this year I attempted to track one down. Since it’s a Mass that takes place before sunrise during Advent, and is lit only by candle, I figured the first place to look would be […]
A visual tour and my thoughts on this year’s Vatican Nativity – starring Dead Baby Jesus, Creeper Guy, Naked Guy, and Dead Guy. Ever since Pope Saint John Paul II added the Vatican Nativity to the piazza, there has always been a secondary theme. This year it’s the Corporal Works of Mercy. The scene takes […]
Saint Paul Outside the Walls is my favorite church in Rome. You should visit.
I think most people can get by touring the Vatican Museums on their own without a guide. Simply using an audio guide or a guide book is all most need. Here’s why.
Should you book a guided tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome or go it alone?
General info regarding Saint Peter’s Basilica. Opening time, cost, Masses, etc.
San Salvatore in Lauro contains the relics of Saint Padre Pio and celebrates the Feast of Saint Padre Pio for a full week, often with Bishops. Here is the full schedule for 2017.
What to do in Catholic Rome during September.
I spent twelve days in Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. While it wasn’t my initial intention, I wore the same shirt every single day.
Tickets are always free, but sometimes you need to request them well in advance. Here are the steps to get tickets to see the Holy Father.
Not your typical Catholic pilgrimage…
Twice a year, once on the Feast of the Assumption and once on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi displays Mary’s veil.
I’ve just returned from my first group pilgrimage to Ireland. I had an amazing group of 25 friends traveling with me. The weather was absolutely perfect, the scenery was gorgeous, and, I must say, the food was unexpectedly delicious!
Beginning August 5, 2017, and continuing indefinitely, there will be Mass at the tomb of Saint John Paul II in English on the First Saturday of each month.
A beautiful, busy, 20 hour day in Rome. Multiple Masses and a concerto in a palace.
On May 13th of each year, pilgrims in Rome stop by the spot where Pope John Paul II was shot on this day in 1981. Flowers are often left on the marker which is located near the security entrance for Saint Peter’s Basilica.
My youngest daughter (7) and I attended Mass at Rome’s Cathedral, Saint John Lateran, on Holy Thursday. At the conclusion of the Mass we set out to visit as many churches as we could before they closed for the evening. We ended up getting in 23 churches. We could have gotten many more, but a lot of churches closed before 11 PM.
Most people know that it’s possible to walk in the footsteps of Christ by visiting the Holy Land. What many do not realize is that, thanks to Divine Intervention and Saint Helena, it’s also possible to view many of the relics associated with the Passion of Christ while visiting Rome.
The ancient tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
I took my goddaughter to see Pope Francis. She was able to meet him and get a kiss on the cheek. But then she grabbed the hat off his head and the next few days were a little crazy.