For the first time in nearly three centuries, Rome's Holy Stairs will be uncovered for veneration by pilgrims during the feast of the Pentecost. The Holy Stairs are held to be those which led to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, and which Christ would have ascended on his way to the trial before his Crucifixion. It is said that the stairs were brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th century.

According to an article by Catholic News Agency, the stairs were first opened to the public more than 400 years ago by Sixtus V, then covered in wood by Servant of God Benedict XIII for their protection, since the marble had already begun to be worn down significantly by pilgrims over the prior century. Read the full article to learn more about the history of the Holy Stairs and the decision to once again uncover them.

April 12, 2019 - 10:43am
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