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Bishop Robert Barron Embarks on an Enchanting Virtual Pilgrimage to Discover the Splendors of Rome’s Basilicas, and It’s All Happening on Social Media



Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire, took his social media followers on a virtual pilgrimage through Rome while attending the synod.

Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota. The director has been in Europe for five weeks. He visits various historic Catholic sites, giving insight into each cathedral. On October 12, Bishop Barron wrote:

“Friends, while I attend the Synod, my production team will visit Rome, documenting the amazing spiritual pilgrimage of this city and bringing it to you.” If you don’t see the message above, click here.

To date, Bishop Barron has visited Santa Maria sopra Minerva (the final resting place of Saint Catherine of Siena), Sant’Andrea della Valle, Santi Cosma e Damiano, San Pietro di Vincoli and St. Petersburg outside.

We visited several beautiful cathedrals, including St. Paul’s. wall. , San Giovanni in Laterano and others. He also visited the Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the city walls, Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Santa Croce, Santi Apostoli and Santa Maria in Ara Coeli.

In addition to a brief description and history of each cathedral, Bishop Barron also provides a number of photographs. Some of his most popular posts include:

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October Bishop Barron wrote in his article 10: “Friends, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is the resting place of Saint Catherine of Siena and five Popes, including Pope Benedict XIII.”

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October In Post 16, Bishop Robert Barron discussed San Giovanni in Lateran as the actual seat of the Bishop of Rome. “This church is the highest church in the Catholic faith,” he said.

“Saint John Lateran holds many titles of distinction besides: it is the oldest church in Rome, the oldest basilica in the Western world, and was the papal residence for centuries,” the Bishop explained.

“Pope Leo XIII, well known for his encyclical ‘Rerum Novarum,’ a foundational document for Catholic social teaching, is among the popes buried here.”

In his October 10 post, Bishop Barron discussed the beautiful story of St. Helen receiving the relic of the True Cross of Christ. He also shared artifacts and photographs from the life of Jesus.

“In the early fourth century, Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, traveled to the Holy Land on a mission to find the true cross. Returning to Rome, she brought with her many relics from the Passion, as well as soil from Jerusalem,” Bishop Barron said.

“Santa Croce was built upon the soil she brought back,” he continued. “Today, relics from the True Cross, thorns from Christ’s crown, a fragment of the ‘titulus’ of the cross that proclaimed ‘King of the Jews,’ fragments of the grotto of the Nativity and the Holy Sepulchre, the joint of the finger of Saint Thomas, and a part of the cross of the good thief are all on display for the pilgrimage.”

The relics are kept in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Rome. Bishop Barron has discussed the changes these basilicas have undergone over the centuries in several of his writings.

He said many churches, including Santa Croce, “have been repaired and restored by different popes.”

Social media users expressed their appreciation for Bishop Barron’s post. One user said: “Thanks for sharing Bishop!”

Another user said: “Deo Gratias!”

This user: “Very nice. Thanks for sharing.”

Let’s pray for Bishop Barron and all who attended this year’s Synod!