Friday, August 12, 2011
At St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican
Today we visited St. Peter's Basilica. Regardless of your religious beliefs, its an amazing church encapsulating so much history. We are not Catholics, so we aren't aware of the historical Popes and all the Saints acknowledged by the Catholic church, but as Christians, its an interesting education. Many of those depicted in mosaics and statues are Biblical persons, some that are of course familiar to us - Peter, Andrew - and some that we never gave a lot of thought to - the soldier who pierced Jesus in his side; their stories are depicted here. Its a beautiful, religious space and testament to faith in God.
In the photo: the girls are in dresses w/t-shirts or sweaters. There is a dress code which requires knees and shoulders to be covered, people are turned away if not properly dressed. At Notre Dame, there was a note about being properly dressed, but there was no one watching. I wonder if this would work at home. I think its alright for a church to required respectful attire. What do you think?