A paradox called Vatican
The Vatican is a place of paradoxes, where “power” and “forgiveness” are two faces of the same coin. That is how Timothy Verdon—one of the leading historians of Christian art, a fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.—explains the Rome of the popes in his Saint Peter‘s Basilica: The Popes and the Artists, published in Italy at the end of last year (La Basilica di San Pietro. I papi e gli artisti, Mondadori, Milan, 2005, pp. 210, with 155 illustrations, 20.00 Euros).
Rome of the Caesars to that of the popes"). Like for instance this one:
The Vatican expresses forgiveness through symbols of power, as Jesus forgave sins and then showed that he had the power to do this through miracles. In the Vatican, forgiveness is power, according to Jesus’s words to the fisherman Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose upon the earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).