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Mar 14, 2019 12:02 PM 1+ week ago

Seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome take tourists and pilgrims through the St. Callixtus catacomb as part of their apostolate. ADOBESTOCK.COM

The catacombs of Rome are mounds of bones, flickering torchlight, the whispers of persecuted Christians long past. Such thoughts are often evoked when the modern visitor to the Eternal City hears of the place and decides to visit. What they find, instead, is perhaps less spooky, but certainly more profound. The tombs of our forefathers, but often empty; the sacred art, expressing the faith of those there lain; or perhaps most striking, the saving truths and stories that bring the place to life.

It has been a privilege and a highlight of my years at the Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome to accompany visitors on their walk through the catacombs of St. Callixtus. As one of the apostolates arranged by NAC, it offers seminarians the opportunity to present the site, and share their ...

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