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The year 2000 promises to be particularly significant in the city of Rome. Following a tradition begun by Boniface VIII in 1300, John Paul II has declared 2000 a year of Christian jubilee, during which pilgrimages and religious celebrations will mark Rome as not only the city of the Caesars but also the city of Christ. Moreover, the completion of 2000 years since the birth of Jesus and the hope that Christians have for the next millennium give cause for special celebration in the city. A Catholic's Guide to Rome (CG) and Holy Rome (HR) are part of the panoply of guidebooks being published in connection with the jubilee. CG, which is organized from the perspective of religious history, provides the religious pilgrim with contemporary details and historical traditions surrounding the important churches and shrines of the city. HR is organized largely from the perspective of city geography. After providing a readable history of Christian Rome and an essay on Rome's jubilees, it provides brief descriptions of the chief religious attractions of the city's 22 regions, supplies a color atlas, and gives basic information on the events planned for the jubilee celebration. While both books are usable, they should be viewed as supplements to, not replacements, for the venerable Blue Guide to Rome and Georgina Masson's classic The Companion Guide to Rome.ADavid I. Fulton, Coll. of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An essential read for all pilgrims to Christian Rome. -- Catholic Library Association<br /><br />Get the most out of your trip to Rome with A Catholic's Guide to Rome. -- Kairos<br /><br />I look forward to sharing this book with friends and visitors from the United States and elsewhere. -- Jim Nicholson, Ambassador, United States of America, to the Holy See<br /><br />It provides the religious pilgrim with contemporary details and historical traditions surrounding the important churches and shrines of the city. -- Library Journal<br /><br />Provides the religious pilgrim with contemporary details and historical traditions surrounding the important churches and shrines of the city. -- Library Journal<br /><br />This book guides readers through a pilgrimage to three dozen key sites and available lodging. -- Religion News Service<br /><br />This is a book for those who have been there, and those who would like to be! -- The Catholic Advocate (Newark)<br /><br />Those on their very first visit will be grateful for this splendid guide. --The Rev.) Richard John Neuhaus, Editor-in-Chief, First Things

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; illustrated edition edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080913926X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809139262
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Wells on May 6, 2007
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I read this cover to cover before I went on my trip to Rome and I was

able to visit some of the lesser known churches that are not normally

on the guided tours like St Prassede, and St. Pudenziana. It includes

a great deal of the history of many of the churches and I HIGHLY

recommend it to any Catholic heading to Rome.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Coffiey on April 30, 2009
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I have had the great privilege of taking Professor Korn for four semesters of the Latin language and taking a class on the Archeology of Rome all at Seton Hall University. I went to Italy last semester with Professor Korn and he is the most knowledgeable man with Catholic and Roman history that I have ever known. He knows Italy and Catholicism inside and out. I recommend his wonderful book to any Catholic or those just curious about Catholicism in Rome. He Presented the book to the Late Pope John Paul II. A must have!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Autrey on March 10, 2011
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We were in Rome last summer and thoroughly enjoyed every place we visited. I did a lot of study before the trip but still missed so many things I would rather have seen. We are planning another trip there in 2012 and this is the primary book we're going to rely on. Books get heavy in luggage. If I can take only one, it's this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ben on October 26, 2009
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I travel to Rome as Pilgrim interested in the conversion of the city of Rome to Catholocism. This book covers in chapters or paragraphs the transition of this Empire to the Christian Faith. I took this book with me every day while we visited Rome's many churches. If you visit 3 churches without this book, they start to all mix in your mind. With this book, I could understand why each was built and bring to my prayer the saint or cause for which the church was built. It is a shame the content in this book couldn't be included in a practical tour book so you could just bring this. Also, it is light on the secular tourist interests in Rome. It could use a new edition, as this is the 2000 edition. However, don't worry, ROme doesn't expire in 9 years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cahill evergreen on August 15, 2013
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If you are a pilgrim to Rome, or just a tourist who is bound to check out Vatican City and the fabulous art in the churches, you will benefit from this book. Well written, accurate, this book will fill you in on the history of Christian sites. It also discusses places not found in popular tourist guides. I have visited Rome 6 times and I'm still using this book. Love the kindle version --just do a word search to find a write up on where you are or are planning to go. Don't leave home without it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spark on May 4, 2014
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I hope someday to visit Rome, and I found this book to be an
interesting guide as to what to look forward to. There is so
much to be seen in Rome, and I do not expect to see all of
what is described in this book. Never the less, I can prioritize
my travels there with the help of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Creswell on June 11, 2014
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Even if you are not a Catholic, this is the one book you want to have. You will be able to find details about all of the locations you want to visit that Foders and Rick Steves don't include.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JANICE HARVEY on December 19, 2013
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Looking forward to seeing in person all the sites discribed! Enteresting info on the Colosseum!
wondering if we will do the Stations while we are there!
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