Scavi Tours and Papal Audience

Scavi Tours and Papal Audience

Date Published: Feb. 22, 2017

In the month of February students had opportunities to visit St. Peter’s Basilica both as a tourist and as a pilgrim. Students attended Scavi Tours in small groups on February 7th and 21st, to visit the necropolis underneath the Basilica, where the tomb of St. Peter is located. These visits were informative with respect to architecture and history, and most certainly made an impression spiritually as well, as students were steps away from the bones of the first Pope. The Scavi tour is a wonderful opportunity for students to see part of St. Peter’s that many tourists would never experience!

On February 22nd students were able to experience what many Catholic pilgrims travel to Rome for: an audience with Pope Francis! There were no scheduled classes that day, and instead buses left campus very early in the morning so students could beat the rush and hopefully get a good seat in Piazza San Pietro, despite the massive crowds! The Pope gave a short address, blessed those present and any religious objects they had with them, and then circled the piazza in his pope-mobile, driving very close to several UD students!

Pope Francis


First Day in Rome: January 17th, 2016

Our Spring 2016 Romers arrived early in the morning on January 16th and were greeted in Fiumicino Airport by Resident Coordinators Joe Hrbacek and Mike Pitstick, Dr. Peter Hatlie, and two Student Assistants. The students were shuttled by bus to campus and arrived jet-lagged but ecstatic at the first sight of their new home, Due Santi! The students settled in, explored the campus grounds (including a vineyard, pool, pergola, and soccer field!) and began orientation which included meeting their new professors

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