|Burned images, one of the exhibits of contact with souls in purgatory|
Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Located in the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio a small Roman church just past the Castel Sant' Angelo is a one room 'museum' to the Souls in Purgatory.
A small mention in Where Traveler magazine peaked my interest to visit this museum that is off the beaten path
Visiting a museum devoted to physical evidence of possible contact with the souls who 'await entry into heaven, offered a
glimpse into the world beyond the end of this life and a little of the supernatural.
|Exterior church photo from Wikipedia|
The interior is small and during my visit, very quiet and not well lit. The room housing the artifacts is off the right aisle and towards the alter. Although there was an employee at a desk in this area, no information was offered. Details for this post is attributed to online sources.
The 'museum' is a small, narrow room with photos or original examples of contact with souls in purgatory. The
burn mark photos online are clearer without the glare from a flash.
burn finger prints
|Photo credit: Margaret Galitzin||F|
Who started the collection:
There is a detailed description of 10 exhibits in an article titled Holy Souls, no author listed. Find photos and descriptions here. https://purgatorysouls.blogspot.com/p/romes-purgatory-museum.html
Several of the more striking descriptions are 7a (photo at top of this page) ascribed to be the hand print of the deceased Fr Panzini left on November 1, 1731 on the table used by Mother Isabella Fornari, abbess of the Poor Clares of the Monastery of St. Francis in Todi.
Exhibit 9 claims to be the finger prints of Joseph Schitz (deceased) after touching the prayer book of his brother George on December 21, 1838.
Purgatory may be a mystery of faith. Where is it located? How long must we remain there?
Or is this purgatory and we are judged on how we live our lives?
Museum is free but donations are welcome.