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The Milan Cathedral, or Duomo di Milano, is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Italy.  American author, Mark Twain, visited the Milan Cathedral in the summer of 1867 and described it as “So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of […]

Hagia Sophia was originally a Christian cathedral, first Eastern Orthodox and then Roman Catholic, until it was converted to a mosque in 1453. When it was completed in 537, the Hagia Sophia (which means “Holy Wisdom) was the largest cathedral in the world.  It retained that honor for 1,000 years until the Seville Cathedral was completed in […]

Hagia Sophia was originally a Christian cathedral, first Eastern Orthodox and then Roman Catholic, until it was converted to a mosque in 1453. When it was completed in 537, the Hagia Sophia (which means “Holy Wisdom) was the largest cathedral in the world.  It retained that honor for 1,000 years until the Seville Cathedral was completed […]

Lit candles are common in most Catholic churches around the world.  According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, Catholics light candles to show solidarity with other Christians around the world and to show solidarity with the person on whose behalf the prayer is being offered. To me candles have always been a symbol of hope […]

In the 1830s, French missionary Father Benedict Roux built a log cabin church named St. John Francis Regis on the site of what would ultimately become the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  The cornerstone of the Cathedral was placed in 1882, and construction was completed the following year.  The interior of the Cathedral was renovated in 1955, […]