Day 7: Classic Rome

Catholic Pilgrimage

We'll celebrate Mass at St. Paul outside the walls, catacombs near Via Apia and visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope’s cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. It was here that Pope Francis was formally installed as Bishop of Rome. Next we cross the street to see the Holy Staircase which is believed to be a staircase from Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century.   Visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady.  St. Mary Major contains a relic from the Manger of the infant Jesus.  After lunch, Pantheon, Pisa de spinneret, if time permits free time for reflection and/or shopping, Dinner and overnight.