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His first official feast day is on May 29.
The office that facilitates these blessings for the faithful has been around since the first centuries of the Church.
The date is not his day of death, which is often chosen for saints, but the anniversary of his priestly ordination
Some were wary, but Pius IX had no qualms with his picture being taken.
A dying veteran decided that in whatever time he had left, he'd make a difference where he lived.
St. John Lateran dates back to Constantine, and the Church beyond Rome has celebrated its dedication since 1565.
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St. Pope Paul VI (as of Sunday) was the pope who made Ratzinger a cardinal
We know him as Pope St. Pius X, but his beginnings were humble, such that he reacted to being named a cardinal with "anxiety, terror and humiliation."
In 1964 Pope Paul VI abandoned the tradition of wearing an ornate, bejeweled crown.