The Artwork of the Sistine Chapel

Last week, our Education group took a tour of the Sistine Chapel which can be found in the Vatican City. The Sistine Chapel is named after Pope Sixtus IV because he was the man that commissioned it. In 1508, Michelangelo who was 33 at the time was asked by Julius II to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At first Michelangelo, did not want to paint it because he was already working on a marble project for Pope Julius II and he did not consider himself as painter. The ceiling is divided in nine scenes that come from the Book of Genesis, portraying the creation of the world from light to...

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Exploring Saint Peter’s Basilica

A few weeks ago, our group of Education Majors took on Saint Peter’s Basilica and not only toured it, but had the opportunity to explore the underground excavation of Saint Peter. We started by touring the ruins on many different graves and burials underground the Basilica. Soon after entering the excavation, we were introduced to the place where they believe Saint Peters’ body was originally buried. Through a small crevice in the wall, a light shone to his burial spot. As we moved closer, we came to the graffiti wall, which was where they placed his body after it was moved. The...

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The Holy Doors in Italy

A few weeks ago, our group took a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. While the entire church was completely breathtaking, there was another aspect that we got to experience that not many other people would normally have the chance to do. That experience was the Holy Doors. There are four sets of Holy Doors in Italy: St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the Basilica of St. Mary the Great, and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall, all located in Rome. The Holy Doors were opened by Pope Francis in this “Jubilee...

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Adapting to the Language Barrier

I had the pleasure to work at Collodi Elementary School during my time here in Rome. There are about 300 students that attend this school and I was able to work with a vast majority of them. The very first and only time I was able to teach my lesson was to a group of first graders. There were about twenty-two students that were in the class the day that my colleagues and I came to teach our lesson on Thanksgiving. We chose to teach them about Thanksgiving because we are all studying to be ECIS educators. We thought that it would be an interesting subject for them to learn about at their age....

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A Christian in the Most Catholic City in the World

I posted this to my family and friends last week after Mass. I want to share with everyone on our Facebook page my experience as a Christian in the most Catholic city in the World. Today my colleagues and I experienced a once in a life time opportunity. Touring the summer home of the Pope in Castel Gandolfo. The architecture, beauty, history, and stories hidden beneath these walls are images I will never forget. Although I do not practice Catholicism it feels great to be open to learn about and participate in different ways Christians around the world teach and spread the word of God. The...

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Similar Architecture of Greece and Rome

Buona Sera! I am a student who is beyond blessed to be surrounded by such friendly and caring students and staff in Rome. This past weekend we enjoyed our stay in Athens, Greece. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and shared 5 hours worth of information regarding the The Roman Ruins, The Agora, and The Parliament to us. It was interesting to learn how Greek History as well as Roman History can go hand in hand in regards to the architecture. Our tour guide had a book about the Greek monuments that we saw with our own eyes but the book was actually published in Italy. Seeing the...

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