Friday 1 April 2011

Cardinal Piacenza takes possession of his Titular Church of San Paolo alle Tre Fontane.

Today Mauro Cardinal Piacenza took possession of his titular church in Rome - San Paolo alle Tre Fontane. This is the first time this church, marking the place of St Paul's execution, has been a cardinal's titular church. Cardinal Piacenza, Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, made the request because he has a long association with and strong devotion to Our Lady of Revelation - a shrine and pilgrimage site across the road from the Tre Fontane Church. The story of the apparition is an interesting one and the power of prayer there is attested to by the thousands of thank offerings lining the walls from the time of its origin in 1947 until today.

Interestingly, the statue in Tre Fontane church depicts St Paul with his letters in his hand - the New Testament. In the apparition of Revelation Our Lady reveals herself as holding the Scriptures. More on this to come but here are some photos from this afternoon.

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