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Papal letter marks 700th anniversary of Dante’s death

March 25, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has issued an apostolic letter, Cando Lucis Aeternae, on the work of Dante Alighieri, for the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death. Describing the author of the Divine Comedy as a “prophet of hope,” the Pope says that his work “embodies the patrimony of ideals and values that the Church and civil society continue to propose.” The document is dated March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, and the Pontiff explains that the Incarnation is “the true heart and inspiration” of the Divine Comedy.

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