Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
LORETO (ANCONA)

Pope to celebrate mass in Italy's Marian city of Loreto

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(ANSA) - Loreto (Ancona), October 1 - The city of Loreto is
preparing for a visit Thursday from Pope Benedict XVI.
The Pope will be in the Marian city to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the visit of Pope John XXIII, who made a
pilgrimage to Loreto in 1962 to pray for the success of the
Second Vatican Council.
Pope Benedict, who will arrive by papal helicopter, will
celebrate Mass at the Basilica della Santa Casa, and then attend
a lunch with a group of about 40 cardinals and other church
officials.
The city of Loreto, located near the Adriatic Sea, is
traditionally known as a Catholic pilgrimage site because of the
Basilica della Santa Casa.
According to tradition, the Santa Casa, or sacred house, is
the house in which the Virgin Mary lived.
It is said that in medieval times, when the sacred house
was threatened with destruction by the Turks, the house was
carried by angels through the air and eventually left in Loreto.

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