Ecumenical catholic Church of Christ

Ecumenical catholic Church of Christ

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Rome the Capital of Christianity

Rome became the capital of Christianity approximately after 200 years from the death of Jesus Christ for its great culture, of religion and art. Romulus and Remus are the traditional founders of Rome in 5th century BC. This city in a few centuries became one of the most powerful empires which dominated Europe, North Africa and the Middle East for over four hundred years from the 1st Century BC until the 4th Century AD. Christianity was introduced to Rome by two apostles of Christ, Peter and Paul. The Martyrdom of them in 72 AD became the bases of Christianity in this city and later in all of the Roman Empire. Pagan religions and arte were two important aspects that developed in their entire region of domination. Pagan Rome became Christian when the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan in 313 and proclaimed religious toleration throughout the empire. After that everything like ideology, art, and life style got a Christian aspect. This happened because the idea was the religion of the Emperor should be the religion of the people, because according to Roman ideology, the senate and the people were connected strongly in a republican government. Later in the upcoming centuries in the Middle Age, the Church of Rome got absolute power over all Europe. This lasted until 19th century. Today the power of the Roman church became a spiritual and ascetic, which directs the whole Church throughout the Catholic world. For all these reasons, Rome still has its power and every year thousands of people visit this city and its churches as pilgrims.
The first important aspect of the Rome from the first century until now is the strong Christian culture in this city. The presence of the Pope as the Bishop of Rome in the Vatican Shows the power of this city over the Christian World. Moreover, the presence of many pontifical universities in this city, which is the best source of Christian theology and philosophy, makes it the live brain of Christian ideology. This city, with its thousands of churches, is a great testimony of Christian culture in two millennia. Furthermore, the presence of bishops, priests, and nuns all over shows its devotion in preparing many dedicated people for this religion. As a result, Rome is the capital of Christian ideology and culture.
The second important aspect of Rome consists in its Christian artistic aspect. Rome is the most artistic city after Florence. The presence of marvelous Christian architectural complexes in Rome testifies Romans' feelings for their religion. For Michelangelo in all over Rome became a part of human example the great works of Leornardo D'avinci, Raffaello, and heritage and all these shows Christian religion in art. Romanesque explains itself and there is no need for any introduction. There is no any other place in the world which can testify to Christianity in art like Rome, because these people were great to show their power in everything especially in art. Therefore, Rome is the artistic capital of Christianity.
In conclusion, Rome is the capital of Christianity for the strong presence of Christian power and for its Christian art, which will remain as a permanent heritage for humanity. This Christian museum, testifies the belief of these people in their religion. Today the presence of all the theologians and philosophers in Rome that accompany the worldwide church leaders makes Rome a reference point for all Christianity. Therefore, for all those reasons, we can call Rome the heart and the capital of Christian Religion.
Edik Baroni

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