Faith Scroll launched in St Peter's Square

A special “Faith Scroll” has been inaugurated at the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP) office beside St Peter's Square on 15 November.

The scroll is a social media project by the ORP – the Vatican-run agency which provides spiritual itineraries of the city – and will act as a point where visiting pilgrims can leave their personal thoughts about what their faith means to them.

The initiative is part of the Year of Faith, which began in 11 October and ends on 24 November 2013, and the scroll was designed by New York architect Isabella Mancini.

Pilgrims of all ages and types are encouraged to comment on the scroll which is situated outside the ORP office in Piazza Pio XII 9.

The first people to write their thoughts were Cardinal Raffaele Farina, the former archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives and librarian of the Vatican Library, and Monsignor Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.

The scroll, together with the messages it contains, will be part of a celebration to mark the end of the Year of Faith late next year.