Fr. Leopold is the world’s smallest priest!
Have you heard that you can get a Legos Mass set? You can even change Fr. Leopold’s vestments for the liturgical seasons! This is a fun way to ‘practice’ Mass. Too simple for you? Are you to ‘big’ for a set with only 174 pieces?
Last year, a priest displayed a pretty impressive Lego project at the Franklin Institute in Pennsylvania.
About 500,000 Legos later, Fr. Bob Simon had created a replica of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in honor of Pope Francis’ visit. It is 14’ x 6’ feet and took more than 10 months to create. He said it was a prayerful experience to build.
Another fun fact: He tried to create St. Peter’s Basilica when he was 7 years old and was sure he wanted to be a priest then, too!
According to Fortune and Wired, it would cost about $50,000 to make!
How many Legos do you have? Can you ‘build’ your faith? What would it look like?
The Gregorian calendar (used today in most of the world) was issued in 1582. Pope Gregory XIII was annoyed by the Julian calendar (since 45 B.C. and off by 11 days). Almost simultaneously, he ordered the establishment of a Vatican astronomy laboratory to study the sun. Pope Leo XIII in 1891 formally refounded the Specola Vaticana (Vatican Observatory) and located it on a hillside behind the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. The city lights interfered with seeing the stars, so Pope Pius XI provided a new location for the Observatory at the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo in the Alban Hills some 25 kilometers southeast of Rome.
In 1981, for the first time in its history, the Observatory founded a second research center, the Vatican Observatory Research Group (VORG), in Tucson, Arizona in the United States, one of the world’s largest and most modern centers for observational astronomy. In 1993, the Observatory, in collaboration with Steward Observatory, completed the construction of the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT, first optical-infrared telescope and pioneering new technology with international collaboration) on Mt. Graham, Arizona, probably the best astronomical site in the Continental United States. (For more information, go to www.vaticanobservatory.org)
The dedication plaque of the VATT reads: This new tower for studying the stars has been erected during the XV year of the reign of John Paul II on this peaceful site so fit for such studies, and it has been equipped with a new large mirror for detecting the faintest glimmers of light from distant objects. May whoever searches here night and day the far reaches of space use it joyfully with the help of God.