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Pope joins in salute to Dante on 750th birthday

May 04, 2015

Pope Francis saluted Dante as “one of the most illustrious figures of all humanity,” as the Italian Senate honored the poet on the 750th anniversary of his birth.

In his message, which was delivered to the assembly by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Pope said that the author of The Divine Comedy “still has much to say and to give through his works, to those willing to follow the way of true knowledge, the discovery of self and of the world."


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  • Posted by: stpetric - May. 07, 2015 10:23 AM ET USA

    A year-long seminar on Dante was the best single class I had in seminary. Dante brought together all the theological disciplines I had studied and presented them in a profound and gripping narrative. He affected the way I "do" theology as much as any theologian, if not more!