In Rome, the eternal city lies one of the great cathedrals-The Basilica of St John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano)

From the Wikipedia entry on the ‘Avignon Papacy,’

Rome is called the Eternal City -because ancient Romans believed that no matter what happened to the world or how many empires came and collapsed, Rome would go on forever. This cathedral was dilapidated and in disrepair when the papal office transferred to Avignon but here is the eternal Basilica of St. John of Lateran as it stands now. The Avignon Papacy was the period from 1309 to 1377 during which seven successive popes resided in Avignon (then in the Kingdom of Arles, part of the Holy Roman Empire, now in today’s France) rather than in Rome.

The basilica of Saint John Lateran was built under pope Melchiade (311-314), it’s the most ancient church in the world. Due to the fact that the pope is also the bishop of Rome, Saint John in Lateran – being seat of the bishop’s residence – is also Rome’s Cathedral.

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HAIL MARY FULL OF GRACE

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Today the 15th August is the feast of the Assumption, where Mary is assumed into heaven body and soul.

Mary fully human, without original sin, chosen by God to be the mother of His Son Jesus, elevated her as the queen of heaven and the mother of us all. She’s our link between heaven and earth. Pray to Mary to help you as your intercessor.

The Assumption reminds us of the unique role that Mary served in the process of our salvation. Although she was without sin, we have the possibility of receiving God’s forgiveness through Christ. Her entry into heaven prefigures our own hope of experiencing the same eternal life.
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Below are some baroque paintings of Mary going up to heaven – a very clever way of depicting Mary.

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HOLY SATURDAY – THE DESCENT FROM THE CROSS

THESE ARE SUCH BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART THAT EVOKE A REACTION AND ARE EXTREMELY MOVING.

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“La Pieta” sculpture

Artist Michelangelo
Year 1498–1499
Type Marble
Dimensions 174 cm × 195 cm (68.5 in × 76.8 in)
Location St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

When I first saw this it brought me to tears , it was so life like, the veins and expressions on Jesus and Mary were real. Michelangelo certainly had God’s spirit in him when he created this beautiful moving sculpture.                           9124936_origimages

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The painting of the “Descent from the cross” by Van der Weyden and by Hugo van der Goes are remarkable in the way Mary’s pain is depicted with such depth. No doubt, the spirit of God was working through him as well.

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