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Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI Celebrates Pentecost

This past weekend we celebrated Pentecost and the Holy Father did the same. In a Mass to more than 100,000 including thousands of members of lay movements that met with him the previous day, Pope Benedict XVI said the Holy Spirit "...rebuilds the bridge of true communication between heaven and earth." He also said the spirit tears down "...the walls of indifference, hatred, and violence." And it "... illuminates the human spirit and, revealing Christ crucified and risen, indicates the way to become like Him."

Photo Source: (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Pentecost at the Pantheon:


Today at the Church S. Maria ad Martyres, otherwise known as the Pantheon, an annual event much beloved of the Romans took place. At the end today’s Pentecost Mass red rose petals were let to fall in great abundance through the oculus or "eye" of the dome, which is open to the sky. The dome is actually a foot wider than the cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica. At the end of Mass fireman from Rome’s fire department did the honors and let fall the petals.


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