July 6, 2017 //


Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculpture behind the main altar in St. Peter’s Basilica is lit by candles on the Feb. 22 feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle in this 2004 file photo. The annual feast day, celebrated since ancient times, marks the role of St. Peter and his successors as head of the church. (CNS photo/courtesy of Fabbrica di San Pietro) (Feb. 3, 2006) See VATICAN-LETTER Feb. 3, 2006.

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