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LORETO (Italy)

The “Holy House“

clipboard33.jpgThe Sanctuary began with the arrival of the walls of the house occupied by the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Nazareth, at the time of the Annunciation and the Incarnation. This relic was brought to Italy at the end of the Crusades and acquired by Nicéphore Angeli, giving rise to the legend that it was carried there by “angels”!clipboard31.jpg

According to tradition the transportation took place on 10th December 1294. Loreto is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the whole of Europe. Pope John XXIII chose Loreto as the first place for a pope to visit (4th October 1962) outside Rome since 1870.

Pope John-Paul II visited Loreto 5 times.

The Feast of the Sanctuary is kept on 10th December.

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O my Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, I offer myself entirely to Thy grace and to Thy overwhelming mercy today and forever, but mostly at the hour of my death do I dedicate myself to thee. To thee do I dedicate my body and soul, all my happiness and hope, all my sorrows and sufferings! I offer my life and the end of my life to Thy holy hands so that through Thy merits all my deeds and acts go according to Thy holy will and according to the will of Thy sweetest Son! Amen.

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