• Basilica, after watching Angels and Demons

    I have watched the Angels and Demons, a movie adaptation by Dan Brown, whom our family, majority not a fan.  We read because it is entertaining, but I must say Mr. Brown is very creative and imaginative.  You can not be a writer who makes money without having both. So when we arrived at the Basilica, the feeling is so great that I could see the place, like D-place, which I have only thought of seeing it from websites and pictures.  It is amazing.  We are here. The St Peter Square is seriously huge, to cater for the crowd gathering. Where as the Basilica, just like everywhere else in Vatican,…

  • The Pope Blessing on Vatican City

    Sunday in Rome, the best place to be, other than on bed, is the St Peter’s Square of which at 12noon, Pope Francis will bless the crowd. You need to understand Italian and Latin to enjoy the full blessing.  Or, turn on the Google Translate with the voice recording to the effect. Just like the Roman Catholic services I have attended, it is very structure, nothing to be filled with the spirit.  So, the time is also structured in the way which one knows when to end. Pope Francis brought 2 young students with him to read out the blessings. There is really no ideal or better spot at the…

  • Vatican City, An Overview

    According to Vatican City official website, Vatican City State was founded following the signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy on February 11th 1929. These were ratified on June 7th 1929. Its nature as a sovereign State distinct from the Holy See is universally recognized under international law. In this tiny and world’s smallest state, it has 800 citizens, with 450 of them are the Vatican citizen, the rest are allowed to reside there. Vatican also has its own coin and stamps, but when we were there, the souvenir shops inside Vatican City accept only Euro. I am not too sure how to take a public transport to Vatican City, but…