Opinion: Chair of St. Peter strong as ever
VATICAN CITY – The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Feb. 22, is my favourite day to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.
The massive bronze throne that adorns the apse is lit up with metre-high tapers, making one of Bernini’s most impressive works even more glorious. It’s actually a reliquary, for it contains the relics of a chair which tradition assigns to Peter himself, symbolizing the teaching authority of the Roman pontiff.
Bernini’s “chair” is supported by clouds of glory pouring out of the Holy Spirit window, as if to say that the enormous weight of the Petrine office can only be