Saturday, March 08, 2008

March 7 in Rome: Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas...

March 7 is theologians day in Rome, or at least it used to be until the sixties. This day also marks the 45th anniversary of the visit of Blessed John XXIII to Rome's Dominican University, the Angelicum. It was then that he raised the Angelico from simply being a Pontifical Athenaeum to being a Pontifical Univeristy.
Earlier that morning he had met with the then public enemy number one: the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his wife. The couple reportedly wept as they made their exit from the audience. The story of their meeting is a nice one.

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