Sunday is the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. The full name of which is the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist at the Lateran. Which is why it’s usually called St. John Lateran or the Lateran Basilica.
What’s a basilica? A really important church – like the burial place of a major saint (St. Peter’s in Rome is the burial place of…?) or a major pilgrimage site (think Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City).
So what’s special about the Lateran? Besides being the oldest of the four major basilicas in Rome (and the only archbasilica), it’s the cathedral of the Pope as Bishop of Rome. Which means that the Lateran (and not St. Peter’s) is the Pope’s main church.
Is this all just a set up for the world’s first multi-screen Wheel of Fortune clue?
Or is there actually a reason (apart from maintaining the Catholic edge in trivia contests) for this to show up anywhere other than the Lateran’s website? We’ll look at why the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica is on the Church calendar tomorrow.
Readings for the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/110914.cfm