WAC members from 8 countries meeting in Rome plus 6 other countries linked in by ZOOM
Early arrivals for the celebrations have been out and about in Rome visiting various historic locations including the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum
Gert, We Are Church Austria, and Colm, Chairperson of We Are Church International await refreshment after their explorations, undaunted by the rain
In 1965, at the end of Vatican II, Bishops gathered in the St Domitilla chapel to sign the Alliance of the Catacombs pledging Evangelical Poverty. Pope Francis and bishops affirmed this in 2015learn more
Santa Maria Maggiore is proclaimed by most scholars as the second most beautiful church in Rome. Only St. Peter’s Basilica itself is said to be more grandiose. One of the four major basilicas in Rome, it was the first church to be dedicated to the Virgin Mary and possesses a rich history. Pope Sixtus III built the present church in 431 AD to honor Mary,learn more
We Are Church raises awareness of the things that need to change in the Church.
Priorities this week are
We stand together for justice
An early medieval titular church and minor basilica near St Maria Maggiore
The church incorporates mosaic decoration that marks it among the oldest churches in Rome.
Mosaics show St Praxides as a close worker with St Paul, and St Pudentia as a close worker with St Peter. They were murdered for arranging burial for early Christian martyrs.
Also present is a mosaic of Episcopa Theodora, mother of Pope Paschal I. It is debated whether she was an actual bishop or the wife of a bishop.