|Summi pontifices in hac basilica sepulti.|
"All of the Popes buried in this basilica."
From Peter to John Paul II.
The list of the popes buried under St. Peter's Basilica felt daunting, particularly Peter's name at the very top. These names chiseled into the wall instantly called to mind the line in the Nicene creed, "I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church."
But truth be told, it was not St. Peter's where I felt these four marks of the church most strongly, but in the tiny Jesuit chapel tucked into the Vatican Observatory where I've been going to daily Mass. At most a dozen of us, speaking a half-dozen different languages, gathered around the altar. We represent the church universal, the catholicity of the faithful, coming from five different continents (and at least one in the crowd has been to all seven continents.) A member of the Roman Curia, or perhaps, two. Young astronomers. We share the one table, the one cup, the one bread.
One. Holy. Catholic. Apostolic.