The Holy Father has just completed his one-day pilgrimage to the Holy House of Loreto. As tradition has it – not of divine faith, but small-t ‘tradition’ – this is the original house of the Holy Family in Judea which, in the 13th century, was miraculously ‘flown’ from there by four angels, first to Tersatto in Croatia in 1291, then on to present site at Loreto, Italy in 1295, to protect the holy dwelling from desecration by Muslim invading the Holy Land. No sentimentalism there, when conquest was called what it was, in a different era when lines, including lines

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