It appears that papists visiting the Eternal City have a new watering hole to checkout!
The Wall Street Journal reported last week:
The crypt of the Basilica di San Carlo al Corso near St. Peter’s Square has boasted tombs of cardinals for centuries. Today it is taking on a livelier vibe.
Rev. Maurizio Mirilli, head of youth ministry in Rome’s Catholic Church, has converted a section of the crypt into a nightclub with a live-music stage and a bar stocked with beer, Prosecco and other wine. Father Mirilli has christened the new watering hole GP2, short for “Giovanni Paolo II,” as the late Polish pope was known in Italian.
… For Rome’s young and restless, GP2 is the prime destination for mingling, dancing or having “a drink with a bishop,” Father Mirilli said Saturday night. … Father Mirilli sees the club as a bridge to carry young Italians back into the Catholic fold.
… “This place wouldn’t exist if [the pope] weren’t OK with it.”
The full article is well worth reading, if the topic interests you. I like the concept, though it took some close reading of the article to warm up to the idea fully. This young priest is trying to create a place where young Catholics can come together to enjoy fellowship over a pint or glass of wine without being exposed to the drunkenness and sensuality that overrides the typical 20-something nightclub scene. If I lived in Rome I would absolutely check this place out, and I hope the local Catholics do decide to drop by sometime.
If an American Papist reader living in Rome does visit it soon, I’d love a first-hand report!
Photo: Nadia Cohen for the Wall Street Journal [slideshow here]