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The Vatican Holy Doors ~ According to the description given in 1450 by Giovanni Ruccellai of Viterbo, it was Pope Martin V who in 1423, at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, opened the Holy Door for the first time in the history of the Jubilee. In those days, Holy Years were celebrated every 33 years. In the Vatican Basilica the opening of the Holy Door is first mentioned at Christmas 1499.

Recently a particular thought pervaded my meditation—whether or not St. Joseph was present for the Visitation.  I asked several of my friends their thoughts.  Most of them told me either they never thought about it before or they thought Joseph did not.  I knew what my initial thoughts were, and I thought that I would …

The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) or "Il Vittoriano" is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. Located in Rome, it occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. The monument was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885.

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