Day Six, April 16th

We were very blessed with the opportunity to have mass right in front of St. Peter’s tomb in the Grotto area of St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. The Basilica stands on the site of Nero’s circus where many Christians were martyred including St. Peter. Next we visited the Vatican Museums and saw its many treasures including countless marble sculptures, massive tapestries of scenes from the Bible and Church history and finally a long look at the Sistine Chapel, which was built in the 15th century as a private chapel for the Popes. There we viewed Michelangelo’s impressive frescoed ceiling and the fresco of the Last Judgment. We returned again to St. Peter’s Basilica to visit the famous white marble Pietà carved by Michelangelo at the age of twenty-five, We had a few moments to pray before the tomb of Blessed John Paul II. We ended the visit to St. Peter’s Square with a teaching by Jeff. Using the illustration of the Egyptian Obelisk of Augustus in the center of the Square, he contrasted the reign of Augustus to the Reign of Christ. Who do people come to worship in this place now? Caesar or Jesus Christ? The rest of the day was free for everyone to shop, relax or find a piazza or church to visit.