What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Vatican

Vatican launches new website for the Protection of Minors from sex abuse

December 6, 2016. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) has launched a website to provide the public with information about their mission: "the effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development.”
Pope Francis

These are the names of the 17 new cardinals the pope appointed at the consistory

November 19, 2016. 13 of them are under the age of 80, and thus able to vote in a hypothetical conclave, and four of them are non-electors.
Vatican

Vatican congratulates Trump and hopes his time in office "can truly be fruitful"

November 9, 2016. While speaking to Vatican Radio, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, congratulated the new president and hoped that his government "can truly be fruitful."

This year, pilgrims will receive replica credentials from the Jubilees 900 years ago

2016-03-06

This small, nine centimeter plaque holds a much greater significance than its size. It is a reminder for those who complete the Jubilee of Mercy, but its history goes back to the Middle Ages.
 
GIANCARLO ALTIERI
Vatican Library
"It was a medal, a plate, that the canons of St. Peter gave the pilgrims when they came to Rome in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. It was proof that they had made the pilgrimage to Rome. So, the pilgrims brought it back to their countries of origin to prove that the trip had been met."

It spread throughout Rome during the pontificate of Pope Innocent III. This was how he was able to quickly identified the pilgrims, as would happen with those who went to the other holy cities like Santiago and Jerusalem.

The replica keeps all four rings along the sides of the plaque, that were once used in ancient times, as a latch to for pilgrims to wear on their clothing. Therefore, distinguishing them. The present replica is shaped in the form of a brooch pin.

These rectangular plaques or 'testimonium' are official replicas of a historic pilgrimage.
On one side, the images of the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul are seen with a legend in Latin. However, there have been other printed copies with more images.

GIANCARLO ALTIERI
Staff, Vatican Library
"These plaques were dedicated to the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. They used to bare the face of Jesus, usually called 'Veronica,' or also the image of the Scala Santa or the Holy Door.”

In showcasing this plaque in Rome, the heads of the Vatican Library, which houses the jewel, recalled the powerful meaning of the piece.

MSGR. JEAN-LOUIS BRUGUÉS
Archivist and Librarian,Vatican Library
"The pilgrim was not a mere traveler, but a traveler who left their homeland aware of travel fatigue and the dangers involved. The pilgrims were traveling on foot walking 30 to 40 kilometers a day, through even dangerous areas.”

The replica of the current plaque can already be purchased in many churches all over Rome and will soon become available abroad.


IPC/YA
CTV
JM
-BN
-Up: IPC