101 Surprising Facts
About St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican
by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STD
What do you really know about Vatican City?
The Vatican, comprising the Apostolic Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, and various other buildings, serves as the headquarters of the Catholic Church. It has done so for nearly two millennia ever since the first Pope, St. Peter, made it his home.
Thousands of Catholics flock to the Vatican and its iconic basilica each year. But what do you really know about this great basilica and the city that houses it?
About the Author:
Father Jeffrey Kirby was ordained into the priesthood on July 27th, 2007. He received his Masters in Bioethics from Queen of the Apostles in Rome, and his Masters of Arts in Philosophy from Franciscan University where he graduated summa cum laude. Since 2010, he has been the Vicar of Vocations for the Diocese of Charleston where he has guided numerous young men and women in the spiritual life and in the process of discernment. In 2011, he founded the Drexel House, a Catholic Residence for Men. Drawing on these experiences, he wrote the book Lord, Teach Us To Pray (Saint Benedict Press, 2014). He has been a contributor of the Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and a guest columnist in The Catholic Miscellany, The Post and Courier, The Charlotte Observer, and The Aiken Standard. He is the co-author of the children's book, Becoming Father Bob and author of the book, Encountering the Lord in His Holy Court: A Walkthrough St. Peter's Basilica.
Item No: SB6878
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Imprint: Saint Benedict Press
Publication Year: 2015
Dimensions: 8.5" X 11"