Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Visit to the Vatican Gardens

A few days ago, a priest friend, who works in the Vatican, invited me to join him to visit briefly the Vatican Gardens, before the Holy Father's afternoon stroll in them.  It is clear that these constitute an oasis of peace not far from all the traffic of Rome's historic centre and along the Tiber. 

With its trim gardens and playful fountains, the papal enclosure is a place for quiet prayer and the contemplation of the beauties of God's creation in the very shadow of St. Peter's Basilica: 

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