Saint John Lateran & Two Saints from Scripture


November 9th honors the feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran. The name is a bit confusing. There's not actually a saint with the name of John Lateran, however, this is the name of the Cathedral of Rome. The word "Lateran" comes from the name of an ancient Roman family that once owned the property where the cathedral now stands. This property was taken over by Nero and later given to the Church by Emperor Constantine, near A.D. 312. The "John" part is in honor of both Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist. The full official name of the church is: Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and Sts. John the Baptist and the Evangelist at the Lateran. The short version: Saint John Lateran. This cathedral/basilica is actually the Pope's church and is considered to be the "Mother and Head" of all Catholic Churches.

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