13 October 2018 – Vatican’s 1st “Catacomb Day” at Rome

The Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology, the Vatican office responsible for the study, maintenance, and upkeep of underground cemeteries, better known as "catacombs", maintained by tradition as Christian cult sites, in collaboration with the Vicariate of Rome's Pilgrimage Office, is sponsoring a "Catacomb Day" on Saturday, 13 October 2018 (during festivities in Rome for Pope Paul VI's canonization on Sunday, 14 October 2018). In addition to free admission to all the catacombs open to the public (new in 2018 is the re-opening of those at San Lorenzo), special thematic tours, workshops, and concerts, also free of charge, will be held throughout the day at many catacomb sites. The event series will open with the inauguration of an exhibit in honor of the new Saint Paul VI, “Bere alle Sorgenti”. Paolo VI e le Catacombe, in a renovated mausoleum above the Catacombs of Callisto, and conclude with Mass in the Basilica of St. Sebastian's on the via Appia Antica, presided over by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Commission. 

For information, consult the attached program or contact the PCAS at: http://www.catacombeditalia.va/