Thursday, November 1, 2012


On October 12, 2012 the Vatican released its yearly 50 Euro coin, "The Restoration of the Pauline Chapel." The release brochure contains the following information:

The Pauline Chapel is a place of worship reserved for the use of the Pope and the papal household. It has been redesigned frequently throughout the centuries. The chapel includes two frescoes by Michelangelo that are across from each other, "The Conversion of St. Paul" and "The Martyrdom of St. Peter."

In "Conversion," on the 50E coin, there is a flash of light where St. Paul has just been thrown to the ground.

This is a fitting theme for the Year of Evangelization. Paul becomes Apostle to the Gentiles where he goes out to preach:  "filled with the holy Spirit...began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God."

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