Holy See announced today that a press conference will be held on April
20th to present plans for official celebrations marking the fifth
basilica, which covers an area of 5.7 acres, was completed in 1626. The
tomb of St. Peter himself rests underneath the main altar.
to be on hand for the press conference are Cardinals Francesco
Marchisano, archpriest of the Vatican Basilica, and Albert Vanhoye
S.J., rector emeritus of the Pontifical Biblical College.
present will be Archbishop Angelo Comastri and Bishop Vittorio Lanzani,
respectively president and delegate of the Fabric of St. Peter's;
Antonio Paolucci, superintendent of the Florentine Museums and curator
of the exhibition, "Petros Eni;" as well as Maria Cristina
Carlo-Stella, bureau chief at the Fabric of St. Peter's.
Officials at the Vatican are preparing to celebrate the
500th anniversary of the largest church in the Christian world--St.