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Liturgy of Christmas || Papal Mass in Rome

Liturgy of Christmas || Papal Mass in Rome

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Just a few  hours are left to  the Christmas celebrations  held  by Pope Francis.

At 9.30 pm, the Pontiff will start celebrating the Christmas Eve Mass inside the Papal Chapel

Tomorrow for Christmas, at 12.00 , the Pope will give the blessing “Urbi et Orbi” from the central lodge of San Pietro.

On Wednesday, December 26, the day of Saint Stephen Martyr,  the Pontiff will  recite the”Angelus prayer “ (Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ ) at 12.00 in St. Peter’s Square.

The liturgical celebrations will  continue until Sunday 6 January with the Mass of Epiphany, once again at 10.00 am in the Vatican Basilica, with the Angelus to follow.

YES HOTEL ROME  is in Termini area: just catch metro line A for few stops (get off at Ottaviano) or bus #40 up to its route end.

Last metro runs at 9.00 pm !

SWISS GUARD: FIVE CENTURY OLD LOYALTY

SWISS GUARD: FIVE CENTURY OLD LOYALTY

Last week a special event was celebrated in the Vatican: the Swiss Guard’s birthday. This corp is in charge for the Pope’s safety since 1506: given the great political instability the then Pope Julius II decided to recruit soldiers from Switzerland, which at that time was home to the most well trained men at arms, to such an extent that all European kings used to hire them for their own protection. Guided by Captain Kaspar of Silenen, the first Swiss garrison of the Pope officially entered the Vatican on 22 January 1506. They gave proof of their trustworthyness very soon: when Rome was assaulted and ravaged in 1527, the Swiss Guards defended the Pope at the cost of their lives: out of 189 soldiers only 42 survived, basically just those who had taken the Pope to his fortress in Castel Sant’Angelo (a fascinating monument today open to visitors).
The Swiss Guard uniform is actually quite recent: its current shape and colors date back just to 1914, when the new design was created following some drawings by Raffaello.
Yes Hotel is well connected to the Vatican City by metro: catch line A (at just 5 minutes walking from us) and get off at Ottaviano!

POPE FRANCIS LIGHTS UP GUBBIO

POPE FRANCIS LIGHTS UP GUBBIO

Pope Francis recently patronized the biggest Christmas tree in the world by turning on its lights. The tree is located in Gubbio, a lovely medieval town in central Italy, just 200 km away from Rome. The Pope could turn the lights on from His studio in the Vatican thanks to a tablet connected to the tree electric system in Gubbio; on the other side, the town’s inhabitants could see Him clicking the bottom through a public maxi screen.
Gubbio’s Christmas tree is erected on the ridge of Mount Ingino, and due to its size is included in the Guinness World Records since 1991. It is made of 550 light spots (300 green, 250 colored), 8500 m electric cables, 650 m high, topped by a comet 1000 m² wide. It will be kept enlightened until first half of January 2015.
Yes Hotel is at walking distance from Termini station: from here you can easily catch any local train for your daily trips outside Rome… even to Gubbio!