St Lawrence outside the Walls was built on the ‘Ager Veranus’ in 330 AD by the Emperor Constantine. The property was originally owned by St Cyriaca, a noble Roman that allowed the body of the Deacon Lawrence and numerous other early Christian martyrs to be buried there.
Lawrence was the first of 7 deacons who helped Pope Sixtus II. He was responsible for the goods of the Church and the offerings to be given to the poor. The story of St Lawrence allows us to examine the theme of charity in the Church, which is born from faithfulness to God’s Love.
Blessed Pope Pius XII is buried in the Basilica and through his story we discover the inherent arguments throughout the history of the Church regarding Papal authority.
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