Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

                                            Lateran Basilica, Rome

Today is the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.  In 313, Constantine gave the Church the Lateran Palace for the Popes use.  Soon thereafter,  a church was built and was the first building dedicated to the Christian faith in Rome.  The basilica was consecrated in 324.  This basilica is the Pope's cathedral (as Bishop of Rome).  As such, it is considered the spiritual home of the People of God (who are the Church).  It is a beautiful place.

Relics of St Paul and St Peter above Altar

Statue of Constantine in Narthex
St Peter

St Paul

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