June 23, 2012. (Romereports.com) For two and a half years, a portion of St. Peter's Basilica was undergoing repairs. For the first time, Benedict XVI saw the final product. The work took place on the left side of the Basilica, where roughly 60 people worked on the restoration.
The Pope and the archpriest of the Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, thanked the foundation that paid for the improvements. The name of the group translates to Pro Music and Sacred Art Foundation.
HANS-ALBERT COURTIAL President, Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra “We try to inform people from around the world about the foundation, so in turn, if they wish, they can make a contribution for the restoration of the Basilica.”
Afterward, the benefactors visited the archives of the Basilica, where more than 9,000 documents are stored. Among them are letters from Michelangelo and documents of former restorations. The books and documents surround a dome with key sculptures. Among them, is one representing the crucifixion of St. Peter.
The group also visited the restoration of the Fontana della Burbera, which holds a sarcophagus that's over 1,700 years old.
HANS-ALBERT COURTIAL President, Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra “We have restored the grottoes and necropolis of the Basilica. We have also constructed three graves and the third area of the Basilica. We also worked on the roof the Fontana della Burbera and now, we begin to restore the fourth section of the Basilica.”
This year the Foundation celebrates its tenth anniversary. One of its main missions is to improve the Basilica of St. Peter, so that future generations can fully appreciate its beauty and history.