The Wall of History

Bell from St. Peter's Oratory

Bell from St. Peter’s Oratory

A bronze bell from the original Pontifical St. Peter’s Oratory, the first K of C playground in Rome, dedicated April 9, 1924.

Established at the request of Pope Benedict XV for the needy children of Rome after World War I, the project was completed under the pontificate of Pope Pius XI.

Located in the shadows of St. Peter’s Basilica, the property was later donated to the Vatican for the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall. The facility was relocated to a section of Rome on Gelsomino Hill.