The Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome


Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 09 November 2008 - 18:59:06 | by admin

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Today the Universal Church celebrates a Catholic cathedral which is a sign of authentic, Christian unity throughout the whole world and a call to all Christians to return to the source and fount of that unity.

This day marks the anniversary of the event in 324 A.D. when the Lateran Basilica was dedicated as the Cathedral Church of the Pope, (the successor of St. Peter as the Bishop of Rome and Head of the Universal Church under Jesus Christ). It was dedicated as a Domus Dei; a House of God. And this was one year before the Catholic Church at the Council of Nicaea gave to us the creed of the Christian faith, which formulated the teaching on Jesus Christ as being fully God and fully Man, whilst being of 'one being with' and 'equal to' God the Father; the source of all unity, communion and equality.

Matthew 16:18
Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build my Church.

Let us pray that this feast will help restore unity in the fullness of the True Faith amongst Catholics themselves, and that aided by authentic ecumenism rooted in truth, all Christians will be returned and restored to full communion with the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth, in the One, True, Holy, and Apostolic, Catholic Church.  


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