Magazine April 7, 2014, Issue

The Path in Rome

Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches, by George Weigel with Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel (Basic, 464 pp., $39.99)

A few years ago, before my first trip to Rome, one of the wisest and yet most practical people I know said that, for a Catholic, turning down the Via della Conciliazione — the road to St. Peter’s Basilica and the tomb of the first pope — would be like “coming home.” And so it is.

But there is no homecoming without a meal — without substance. And George Weigel’s new book Roman Pilgrimage, done in collaboration with Elizabeth Lev and his son Stephen, provides nourishment for both the inquirer and the believer, from a city whose bread and butter is

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