Hello from Bergamo, Italy. We’re about an hour out of Milan somewhere near the boyhood home of Angelo Roncalli, better known as Pope John XXIII, who called the Catholic Bishops of the world together in 1962 for Vatican II.
Before I tell you about the trip so far, I want to describe to you the Duomo, the world’s third largest church which we saw today. Awe inspiring is an understatement. Constructed entirely in marble it dominates Duomo square in central Milan, Italy. Its white spires, all 135 of them along with some 3,400 statues, all carved in marble except for one, it took some 500 years to complete. The lone non-marble statue is a four meter tall gold leaf-on-steel rendering of Mary, the Mother of God to whom the cathedral is dedicated but everyone calls it the Duomo. It rises about 10 meters above anything else. Its magnificent stained glass windows are hundreds of years old; the tomb of St. Bartholomew is...Read More