Before the Conclave: Postcard from the Vatican

In the last year Fr Ian, Fr Chris and now Fr John have all visited the Vatican. What is that saying about St Chrysostom’s! Here is what Fr John, who is there now with Fr Ray, has to say:

The heavens have opened and roads in Rome are flooded as I splash through puddles bigger than any I have seen in sunny Manchester. What a blessing! Our visit and inspection of the Vatican is complete in time for the cardinals to retire into conclave on Tuesday.

The weather forecast was never good but I was surprised to be told to expect rain and find S Asians selling umbrellas on the streets of Rome.

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Where is this?

Day 1 we took in the antiquities:- Colloseum, Forum and had my wallet stolen so dealings with police.

Day 2 queued for security check to be allowed into St Peters then coffee and delicious cake (at much expense) before tackling Vatican museums. After lunch a castle and walking home exhausted.

Day 3 on public transport for the first time headed out to the catacombs of S Sebastian returning to visit a few basillicas including the 3rd biggest in the world,and gaze on Cavarragios.

Day 4 after mass at S Maria Maggiore set off to the Villa Borghese park and thence to Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountains. We again found ourselves in the Vatican but outside the walls of Vatican City. Can you solve the riddle? Finished on our knees.

Sheltering from the rain now before we eat and prepare to return home tomorrow.

Where is the photo of and on which day did Fr John visit there? Who can get the right answer first – answer by posting a comment!


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