Cardinal-electors prayed in Chapel designed by Pittsburgh knight
Rome 14 March 2013
The meditation chapel used by the Pope was designed by a member of the USA Federal Association, architect Louis Astorino. Completed in 1996, the chapel serves visiting clergy, and it is where the College of Cardinals gathered and reflected before moving on to the Sistine Chapel to vote for the Argentinian Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis and Bishop of Rome.
Just 3,300 square feet on a triangular lot to echo the Holy Trinity, Astorino’s design echoes the history of the Vatican and exudes tranquillity by the use of a glass wall overlooking the Leonine Wall. The resulting space is both light and warm. Louis Astorino calls it his firm’s greatest work.