Stairway to Heaven: Vatican Backs Effort to Restore Holy Stairs Shrine

SCALA SANTA, ROME — As thousands of pilgrims continue to climb the venerated Holy Stairs below, eight restorers continue to climb the scaffolding above, working diligently on the sanctuary’s beautiful fresco cycles. Thanks to our generous United Kingdom, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina Patrons, the Vatican Museums’ head fresco restorer, Paolo Violini, and his team are in the process of executing this tremendous effort to save the Holy Stairs—uncovering the masterful 16th century works by painter Paul Brill, preserving the site’s history and enriching the spiritual messages of its frescos.  In a recent National Catholic Reporter article, Fr. Mark reinforces the meaning of the Holy Stairs restoration project, reflecting how “sacred art is invaluable, not just for its material beauty, but also for its power to help transform people’s lives.”

Follow the link below to read the entire article, written by Carol Glatz for the National Catholic Reporter: