Loreto, Italy, Dec 8, 2019 / 05:35 am
At first glance, pilots and plane passengers have little in common with the Holy House of Mary in Loreto, Italy.
But just as pilots and passengers take flight in airplanes, the Holy House of Loreto also "flew," according to an often-told story, when it was transported through the air by angels from the Holy Land to the small Italian town of Loreto.
Modern documentation suggests a hint of truth to the pious story, but with a twist. Evidence suggests the house was brought to Italy by the noble Angeli family, who saved the materials of the house from destruction by Muslim invaders in the 13th century. The name Angeli means "angels" in both Greek and Latin.
Three statues of Our Lady of Loreto will soon be "taking flight" during a special Jubilee Year of Loreto, to be celebrated by the Church beginning Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.