Dedication of Churches of Saints Peter and Paul – Franciscan Media 18 November 2016


Dedication of Churches of Saints Peter and Paul
Saint of the Day for November 18

The Story of the Dedication of the Churches of Saints Peter and Paul
St. Peter’s is probably the most famous church in Christendom. Massive in scale and a veritable museum of art and architecture, it began on a much humbler scale. Vatican Hill was a simple cemetery where believers gathered at Saint Peter’s tomb to pray. In 319, Constantine built a basilica on the site that stood for more than a thousand years until, despite numerous restorations, it threatened to collapse. In 1506, Pope Julius II ordered it razed and reconstructed, but the new basilica was not completed and dedicated for more than two centuries.

Source: Dedication of Churches of Saints Peter and Paul – Franciscan Media

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