ST. PETER’S CHAPEL AND THE U.S. NAVY
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Tomorrow is the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, patron saints of the Eternal City, a big holiday in Rome and the Vatican. Whether Atlas Obscura planned this or not, here’s a story about a chapel dedicated to St. Peter from today’s email:
BUILT IN 1901, ST. PETER’S Chapel is the oldest Naval chapel in the United States. It is home to one of the largest collections of Tiffany stained glass windows under one roof and is filled with historic naval memorials.
POPE FRANCIS HAS ASKED PEOPLE TO PRAY AFTER 46 MIGRANTS WERE FOUND DEAD IN A TEXAS TRAILER TRUCK ON MONDAY. “I sorrowfully heard the news of the tragedy of the #migrants in Texas and #Melilla,” the pope said in a social media post on June 28. “Let us #PrayTogether for these brothers and sisters who died following their hope of a better life; and for ourselves, may the Lord might open our hearts so these misfortunes never happen again.” The migrants were found dead in an abandoned tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas on the evening of June 27. Sixteen other people were hospitalized, including four children, according to the Associated Press. Pope Francis asks for prayers after 46 migrants found dead in Texas trailer truck | Catholic News Agency
THE VATICAN HAS RELEASED A VIDEO OF POPE FRANCIS TELLING A GROUP OF BISHOPS FROM BRAZIL THIS WEEK THAT HIS MOBILITY HAS IMPROVED. “I have been able to walk for three days,” the pope said with a wave on June 27 as he walked with the help of a cane across the library of the Apostolic Palace. Pope Francis’ wheelchair could be seen in the back of the room as he greeted the Brazilian bishops. The pope has used a wheelchair for many of his public audiences for nearly two months. The 85-year-old pope’s comment comes after he used a cane to walk a short distance during the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families on June 25 and across the stage of Paul VI Hall in an audience with Neocatechumenal Way members on June 27. Pope Francis: ‘I have been able to walk for three days’ | Catholic News Agency