Rome 2006 Saturday, June 3, 2006 Vigil of Pentecost

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Myself, Msgr. Rutz, and Fr. Vitalis, the 3 Americans in our group, in St. Peter's Basilica with the Holy Spirit shining down upon us.
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The Altar of St. Joseph (also where the Eucharist is reserved) where we celebrated Mass with a large group from Nebraska, whom I had met at the Wednesday audience.
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The Pieta by Michelangelo
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A view of the North American College as seen from St. Peter's square.
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Cardinal Arinze has a nice view looking out over St. Peter's square as people are already gathering for that evening.
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Cardinal Arinze is head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments.
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Officially Santissimo Nome di Gesú, The Most Holy Name of Jesus, consecrated in 1584. The Gesú was closed for the afternoon siesta.
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Largo di Torre Argentina, excavations of four Roman temples, and the remains of Pompey's Theater.
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Inside Chiesa Nuova, the Church built by St Philip Neri, dedicated to Pope St Gregory the Great and Our Lady, but commonly known as the "New Church", consecrated in 1599.
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Tomb of St. Philip Neri, often called the second Apostle to Rome (after St. Peter) for the spiritual renewal he brought to the city.
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The fresco in the main nave is by Pietro da Cortona (1665). It depicts the miracle of the Blessed Virgin Mary warning St Philip Neri in a dream that the roof of the church would collapse. He then discovered the roof was in bad shape, and many would have been killed if it had collapsed during Mass.
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Originally, the church had very little decoration, but against St Philip's wishes it was decorated after his death. His original plan was to have only depictions of the Blessed Virgin, and they were meant to be rather discrete.
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St. Peter's Square on the Vigil of Pentecost. The Holy Father invited members of the new ecclesial movements from around the world to come together. And come they did: 400,000 of them.
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The Holy Father spoke of how these new organizations and congregations, inspired by the Holy Spirit are helping the Church in our time, but can only do so when they remain in communion and cooperation with the Church and the local dioceses.

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