- Jan 18, 2020
For hundreds of years the Shrine of the Holy House of Loreto has been among the most popular destinations for Marian devotees in Italy, and with a jubilee just weeks away and a new status on the Church’s liturgical calendar, the shrine’s importance will likely continue to grow.
There’s a sense in which the Francis papacy can be understood as a sort of salsa-infused homage to St. John XXIII.
Pope Francis has approved adding the Dec. 10 feast of Our Lady of Loreto to all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the declaration of Our Lady of Loreto as the patron saint of aviation and aviators, Pope Francis has authorized a special jubilee year of celebrations, especially at the Italian shrine of Our Lady of Loreto.
After nearly a week of theological speculation about “Ring-gate,” the Vatican says the pope’s reluctance to let people kiss his ring after a Mass in the Italian town of Loreto was due to a fear of spreading germs, as opposed to him dramatically ending a longstanding practice in papal protocol.
During a visit to the Italian city of Loreto on Monday, Pope Francis signed a new document dedicated to the youth and called on people to remember the importance of the family for society.