Monday, November 9, 2009

The Lateran Basilica

9 November is the feast day of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica aka the Basilica of St John Lateran.

The Basilica is the cathedral of the Church of Rome and the official of the Bishop of Rome who is, of course, the Pope.

Officially the name of the basilica is Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour and Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist at the Lateran (Archibasilica Sanctissimi Salvatoris et Sancti Iohannes Baptista et Evangelista in Laterano)

The Lateran Basilica is the oldest of the four major basilicas of Rome, and is the mother church for Catholicism.