The Spanish nation chapel is the site of daily adoration, which takes place, with some variation, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. "People come even from far away to pray in this chapel," Sulkowski, who is the pastor of San Gioacchino, said.
The chapel of the United States is one of the most beloved in the church, according to Sulkowski, because of the presence of a beautiful statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, to whom the Catholics of North America dedicated the chapel.
"Many people come there to pray [to Mary], whom they call, 'my Madonna.' It's a beautiful thing," he said.
Outside the church, atop the dome, sits a four-foot-tall iron monstrance. Sulkowski said this dome can be seen from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica and the apostolic palace and from other positions around Rome.
On the church's facade is a magnificent mosaic depicting adoration of the Eucharist by the Catholic world.
At the center of the image is the Eucharist in exposition upon an altar, surrounded by adoring angels. To the left is Pope Clement VIII in adoration and to the right is Pope Leo XIII, inviting to adoration the Catholics of the world, symbolized by five women who represent each of the five major continents.
Under the mosaic, words in Latin remind passersby of the reason for the church's founding: "orbis catholici romae juribus reparandis adoratio" – "Adoration in Rome by the Catholic world for the reparation of divine justice."
This article was originally published on CNA Aug. 1, 2019.