Over the years, we have published a large number of articles about the Station churches, which you easily can find by putting the words “Station churches” in the NLM search box on the top right of the page. If you don’t know what Station churches are, you might want to read this great article which Shawn posted in 2010, explaining their origin and significance.
Behind the window under the altar is kept a reliquary with a piece of the skull of St George. Because the titular Saint is the Patron of England, this church was given to Bl. John Henry Newman as his cardinalitial title by Pope Leo XIII in 1879; it was held by Cardinal Alfonse Maria Stickler from 1985 until his death in 2007.
The façade dates from the 13th-century, and makes for an interesting contrast with the 18th-century decorations of the interior seen above. The dome on the right of the church is that of the large side-chapel where St Paul of the Cross, the founder of the Passionist Order, is buried. St Paul had a brother named Giovanni Battista (John the Baptist), himself now a Venerable, to whom he was very close, and who was instrumental in helping him found the order. Many years after the latter’s death, Pope Clement XIV (1769-74) gave the basilica to St Paul to be the first “Retreat” (as Passionist houses are called) in Rome, in remembrance of his beloved brother, since the martyrs John and Paul were also brothers.
|Many of the Masses are celebrated by the Auxiliary Bishop of Rome responsible for the historical center, Mons. Gianrico Ruzza.|
|The procession passing through the church’s cloister, seen from the opposite side.|
|The famous tomb of Pope Julius II, which draws hundreds of visitors to the church every day to see the sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo. Pope Julius was a nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, the builder of the Sistine Chapel, and cardinal of St Peter in Chains until his Papal election in 1503.|