On Feb. 22, we celebrated the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. When I was living in Rome, this was one of my favorite occasions to visit the Vatican. I always made it a point to visit St. Peter’s Basilica every year on this beautiful day when the chair sculptured by Bernini (said to contain a chair that belonged to St. Peter himself) would be lit up with candles –– only on this day. I always used this occasion to pray for the successor of St. Peter, and in my time in Rome it was now St. John Paul II. 

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