Going into the World

“Recall in your mind’s eye, St. Peter’s. At the far end of the Basilica is the throne. That is where Benedict XV was crowned–about as far from the front door as he could get. Pius XI moved forward one hundred feet and was crowned under the great dome at the main altar. Pius XII walked down the nave, up the stairs on the wall, and into the balcony. He literally stepped into the world, for he was outside St. Peter’s. John XXIII walked down the nave, up the steps, out onto the balcony, stretched out those great arms of his like the carnal columns of Bernini, and begged the whole world to come to himself. Paul VI walked down the middle aisle of St. Peter’s, out the front door and was crowned in the piazza–in the world.”

From Servant of God Fulton Sheen’s  “Those Mysterious Priests”


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