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A Via Crucis on Ponte Sant'Angelo in Rome

 

For centuries, Rome has been a destination for those seeking spiritual renewal and connection with the Christian faith. As the birthplace of Christianity, Rome holds great significance to the Catholic Church and attracts pilgrims, tourists, and world leaders alike.

One of the most stunning displays of the city's religious heritage can be found on the Saint Angelo Bridge, where ten statues of angels holding instruments of the Passion were sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 17th century. Each statue portrays a different expression, from serenity to compassion and pity, as pilgrims contemplate the story of Jesus' crucifixion.

In addition to the stunning statues on the bridge, the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem houses several relics, including two thorns from the Crown of Thorns and a piece of the True Cross. The Holy Stairs, located near the Basilica of St. John Lateran, hold great significance to the Catholic Church and were the site of a pivotal moment in Martin Luther's relationship with the faith.

But while these relics hold great historical and religious significance, it's important to remember that salvation comes from within. The journey towards redemption is a personal one, rooted in contrition and penance. As Father John Wauck reminds us, it's the beauty of Rome and the search for God that attracts so many to the Eternal City.

In a world often dominated by materialism and distractions, Rome offers a respite for those seeking to connect with their faith and discover the beauty of a deeper spiritual life. As the center of the Christian faith, Rome continues to inspire and uplift, reminding us of the power of redemption and the enduring strength of the human spirit.


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