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St.JOHN THE LATERAN  CATHEDRAL OF ROME
 To-day is the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Cathedral of Rome.  Originally the Lateran Basilica and Palace were a gift from the Emperor Constantine to the Church upon his conversion.

The Feast calls to mind the fact that the Lateran Palace adjoining the Basilica was the home of the Popes for just over a thousand years until they moved to the Vatican when Saint Peter's Basilica was built. Recalling my visits to the Lateran Basilica, also brings to mind regret that I failed - through ignorance -to visit the wonderfully historic and beautiful church of San Clemente just a few minutes walk along the Via San Giovanni in Laterano (Top left of the picture). REGRETS!

Below is the Cathedra of the Bishop of Rome in Saint John the Lateran. This is the essentia Sede Vacante when the Pope has died. This is the Cathedra referred to in the phrase "ex Cathedra" that is from the Cathedra .
Cathedra St.John the Lateran


In the Reliquary atop the Baldacchino over the High Altar are the skulls of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.Everything about this vast and ancient Basilica inspires awe at its sacred connections to the long history of the Church in the near 2,000 years since the Resurrection of Christ.


                                                   Baldacchino with Reliquary atop.


Truly a Feast Day in the life of the Church.

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