Loreto, Italy, Dec 10, 2018 / 10:25 am
What do Galileo, Mozart, Descartes, Cervantes, and St. Therese of Lisieux have in common? They all traveled hundreds of miles to step inside the Virgin Mary's house, which is preserved inside a basilica in the small Italian town of Loreto.
Catholic pilgrims have flocked to the Holy House of Loreto since the 14th century to stand inside the walls where tradition holds the Virgin Mary was born, raised, and greeted by the Angel Gabriel.
In other words, if it is actually the house of Nazareth, it is where the "Word became Flesh" at the Annunciation, a point on which the history of the humanity turned.
There is an often repeated story that angels carried the Holy House from Palestine to Italy. While modern listeners may doubt the legend's veracity, historic documents have vindicated the beliefs of pious pilgrims over the centuries - with an ironic twist.