Daily Dispatches

An unlikely home for Santa Claus: March 18, 2012

Saint Michelle at dusk.

Our last day in Italy saw the class leave the romantic vales of San Michele to head to Bari, our final destination. We went on a walking tour of the city, culminating in a visit to the Bari Cathedral, resting place of St. Nicholas’ remains.

From Padre Pio’s Disneyland to Saint Michael’s Cave: March 17, 2012

Image of St Michael inside the shrine built to remember his apparition at San Michelle. | Photo by Andrea Palatnik.

Andrea Palatnik reflects on a disparate serving of Saints: from Pioland to Saint Michael’s ancient caves, there was much to take in for Religio… namely, the local delicacies and the occasional snippet of information about relics.

A house for the suffering: March 16, 2012

The chapel is said to have been strategically located in the center of the Casa Sollievo Della Sofferenza Hospital. | Photo by Hoda Emam.

A visit to the hospital founded by Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, raised the central question: are science and miracles mutually exclusive?

“In Napoli, where love is king…”: March 15, 2012


It really was AMORE for the gang, as we spent the day gallivanting through Naples with our trusty guide and history buff, Angelo. From convents to a Neapolitan pizzas, the team covered all of this “city within a city.”

Up close and personal with the Pope: March 14, 2012

Moschea di Roma

From Papal shoutouts to sauntering the streets of Rome, day 6 proved to be one of the best so far.

From flocks to Foucault: March 13, 2012

Bishop Siluan Span

After a class visit to the Romanian Orthodox Church in the outskirts of Rome, the group — though splintered by growing reporting-related anxieties — proceeded to an audience with Cardinal James Stafford at Sante Croce University, and another night of pasta.

Awestruck at the Apollo: March 12, 2012

Santa Maria di Trastevere

Entranced by Michelangelo’s mastery, the class spent several hours touring the Vatican Museum, followed by a visit to the Sant’Egedio Community and a Vespers service at the beautiful and historic Santa Maria di Trastevere Church.

All good things come in threes: March 11, 2012


Pizzas and Popes: these were the concerns of our group on day three. Teresa Mahoney takes us through her complex analysis of crust-to-cheese ratio while running us through our classmates’ thoughts on the Angelus.

Where even the Protestants are Catholic: March 10, 2012

Ponte Sant'Angelo Methodist Church

Today we learned about Waldensians from within the confines of a Methodist church, met with a Vatican Official from the Press Office of the Holy See and took in a beautiful view of Rome from the top of a Russian Orthodox church.

Molto Rapido: March 9, 2011

Professor Goldman.

A sleepless night, mixed with jetlag and a healthy dose of mid-semester exhaustion, produces a wonderfully random first impression of Rome.