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The pope's cathedral
The Cathedral of the Most Holy Savior and of Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist in the Lateran is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and serves as the seat of the Bishop of Rome, i.e., the pope. It is the oldest and highest ranking of the four papal major basilicas, giving it the unique title of "archbasilica." Because it is the oldest public church in the city of Rome, it is the oldest and most important basilica of the Western world. It was consecrated in 324.
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