Thursday, January 08, 2004

Brush with celebrity
Photo: blog correspondent John Boyden gives US TV travel-show presenter Rick Steves a tour, specifically from a theological perspective, of St Peter's Basilica, Rome.

I've enjoyed Mr Steves' shows for years. He and his wife have been travelling in Europe for over 30 years, so he's probably an extremely cultured person, but on the television he seems very un-snobbish, friendly and approachable, giving travellers folksy practical travel hints and some great tours of some of the most glorious — and fun — places in Christendom.

Some fun facts about the basilica:

• It's not the Pope's cathedral! That's St John Lateran, also call the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour.
• Before the mediæval estrangement between Latin and Greek Christendom, it (the original Constantinian basilica, replaced by the present church during the Renaissance) was the church reserved (when staying in Rome) for the use of... the patriarch of Constantinople.
Archbishop Vsevolod, the Greek patriarch's bishop for Ukrainian Orthodox in Chicago, an ethnic Ukrainian and born Orthodox from Poland, has celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the crypt over St Peter's tomb.

JB: The other person in the pic of 3 is Tom, my boss, who is an acquaintance of Rick Steves'. Rick and his wife and I enjoyed a delightful lunch after my two-hour onsite presentation.

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