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The Main Altars and the Floor of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the State of the Vatican City holds many altars, but the two main altars are the Papal Altar and the Altar of the Chair of Saint Peter. The Papal Altar is directly above … Continue reading

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Altars and Chapels in the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the State of the Vatican City includes many chapels and altars.  Many of the chapels and altars contain the bodies, remains, or relics of deceased popes. The Chapel of Saint Sebastian is named after … Continue reading

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Statues of Popes and Saints in the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the State of the Vatican City is home to a large number of sculptures of Popes and Saints, many of which are the works of noted artists. The statue of Pope Gregory XIII … Continue reading

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Entering the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter

Upon arriving at the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter, pilgrims enter the portico where there are five doors that open into the basilica itself.  From the south (on the left, facing the doors) are the Door of Death, the Door of … Continue reading

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The Filarete Door of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter

The Filarete door of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the State of the Vatican City is the center door in the front of the basilica.  The door is named after the creator of the door, Antonio Averuline known as … Continue reading

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The Holy Door of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter – Part 4 of 4

In Jubilee years, the Pope offers a plenary indulgence to those of the faithful who fulfill certain conditions.  While the Sacrament of Penance removes the guilt due to sin and the eternal punishment due to mortal sin, the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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The Holy Door of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter – Part 3 of 4

The first known Jubilee year was declared in 1300 by Pope Boniface VIII, but the first use of the Holy Door was probably not until the Jubilee year 1423 when Pope Martin V opened the Holy Door at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran. Pope … Continue reading

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The Holy Door of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter – Part 2 of 4

The Holy Door of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the State of the Vatican City was at one time made of wood.  The present door is made of bronze and 16 panels can be viewed from the exterior.  … Continue reading

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The Holy Door of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter – Part 1 of 4

The Holy Door of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the State of the Vatican City was created in bronze by Nivo Consorti in and donated by Bishop Francesco Von Streng of Switzerland in 1949 in the name of … Continue reading

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Saint Peter’s Square in the State of the Vatican City

The State of the Vatican City is a city state with an area of 100 acres.  It was created in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and the Kingdom of Italy.  Saint Peter’s Square and the Papal … Continue reading

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