Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Update on Catholic Answers Rome Trip

by Steve Ray on May 8, 2007

There are about 90 people on the initial few days in Rome. We will have 150+ on the cruise which starts Thursday. Yesterday we visited St. Mary Major, St. Peter in Chains, St. Pressede. People were on their own for lunch and dinner but we had dinner with the Catholic Answers staff. Today we started early for a visit to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, St. Paul outside the Walls, St. John Lateran and then the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

CatholicAnswersDinner sm.jpgI gave a few talks on the bus about the Catacombs and the churches. It is funny for me since I am usually in charge and leading the group and guiding. On this trip I am a guest speaker. Takes me some getting used to :-)

Tomorrow we visit St. Peters and the Vatican Museums. Nice being with all the great Catholic Answers folks, especially nice being with Karl Keating again (who is like an excited kid :-) and Jimmy Akin. Also nice to get to know the delightful and very genuine Fr. Serpa.

From left to right: Fr. Serpa, Jimmy Akin, Karl Keating, Jim Blackburn, James Stabile, Laurie and Frank Norris, Maureen North and me and Janet. Click on the image for a larger picture.

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Tomb of King Herod Just Discovered

by Steve Ray on May 8, 2007

We have visited the Fortress of Herod near Bethlehem many times. Our DVD Jesus, the Word Became Flesh actually opens on the top of the Herodium Fortress overlooking Bethlehem. It is called the Herodium because the megalomaniac King Herod named hit after himself. The Jewish historian Josephus wrote that Herod was buried there but no one could ever find his tomb.

Now it has been discovered. By the way, this was the King Herod that had the baby boys slaughtered and who tried to get the Wise Men to betray the location of the new King of the Jews. For the whole story, click here. I can't wait to see it on our next trip.