Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.  It was initially built by the Emperor Constantine on the Lateran Hill in Rome in the 12th century.  At first, it was only a Roman feast, but since the Basilica was called the Mother and Head of all Churches of the City (Rome) and the world, the feast was extended to the whole of the western Church, as a sign of unity and respect towards the Holy See which, as St. Ignatius of Antioch had written centuries earlier, presides over the whole assembly of charity.

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