Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tribute to Venerable Pius XII in St. Peter's Basilica

Placed here in 1957, after this area was restored.

The two angels, very 1950s, thankfully blend in from the eye level.

A worthy tribute to a former Archpriest of the Basilica, entombed half way under the center aisle leading from the altar of the chair to the main altar above the tomb of the Venerable Prince of the Apostles.  


  1. Pope Pius XII had a window blocked up above Bernini's Cathedra Petri bronze monument. Some purists were shocked that he had destroyed a window which allowed a shaft of light to come directly upon the altar at a certain time of the year during a great feast (sorry but I cant remember which). Normally, following Vatican / Roman traditional practice, if you did any renovation, you got some sign or credit attached to the piece. My 2 cents. Jose J. Lopes

  2. Why are you unable to visit the tomb of Pius XII in the Vatican crypt. They access to his tomb is blocked off.
    Only a couple of years ago you could walk passed it to say a prayer. Now, blocked off.