Thursday of Week V of Lent
The Basilica of St. Apollinarus is a "modern" church compared to the ones we've seen, founded as "late" as in the 7th century. The present church was reconstructed in the 18th century. Today Opus Dei runs the station church, next to the prelature's Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
Apollinarus was a disciple of Peter, the first bishop of Ravenna. He converted many people and was beaten and left to die.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran is the Cardinal-Deacon of the diaconal church, also the President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, responsible for forming good relationships with the Jews, Muslims, Hindu and other non-Christian religions. He is the most senior Cardinal-Deacon and so holds the office of Protodeacon. The Cardinal Protodeacon is responsible for declaring to the world the name of the new pope after a papal conclave. However, Cardinal Tauran will be promoted to the order of Cardinal-Priests next year and will concede the office to the American Cardinal Levada.
Do not miss the Basilica of St. Augustine around the corner.