Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Feast of St John Lateran

Today is the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. It's the Pope's cathedral. Sometimes people are surprised to hear that, because they tend to think that St. Peter's is the Pope's cathedral. But as the Bishop of the diocese of Rome, the pope has his own cathedral, which is St. John's.

During our pilgrimage to Rome I was privileged to visit there. It's a beautiful church. It's right next to the church that has the Holy Stairs, which according to tradition are the steps that Jesus walked up to see Pilate. Those pilgrims who are able to climb the stairs on their knees as a form of penance.

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