Saturday of Week V of Lent
On the day before Palm Sunday, Romans gather in this lovely 5th-century Church of St. John at the Latin Gate dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. According to the great historian and Father of the Church Tertullian, it is at this site that John was tortured in Rome (boiled in oil) and unharmed, before being exiled to Patmos where he wrote the Book of Revelation. The lovely bell tower was built in the 11th century. This church is very popular for weddings.
The Cardinal-Priest of the titular chuch is Cardinal Franciszek Macharski. He succeeded Karol Wojtyła to the archdiocese of Krakow, when the latter became Pope John Paul II. While Krakow is no longer the capital of Poland, it is the most influential bishopric in Poland, and a leading city in academic, cultural, and artistic life in the country. Until 1791, Krakow's archbishop also held the title of duke.