June 5, 1944: The Anniversary of the Liberation of Rome
The item is a small folder containing an image of Pope Pius XII and five cancelled stamps. Dated 5 June 1944, the date of Rome’s liberation by the allies.
The cover says:
June 5th, 1944
The Victorious entry in
Rome of the Allied armies
and protect our Libera-
tors and their families
with special favors.
June 5, 1841: The Ordination of St. John Bosco
This letter is completely in his own hand and it is in regard to an appointment with a benefactor of his that will take place later in the day. This is the rough translation:
I have the pleasure to inform you that nothing was changed what was agreed upon our meeting. It means at 5:00 in the evening of today, Sunday, at the Oratory. In the meantime I give my hearty thanks in the hope to have you with us today. I declare to be your humble servant.
From the Oratory, June 1, 1851.
June 7, The Feast of St. Antonio Gianelli
The translation of this letter suggests it was written in haste by St. Antonio Gianelli in 1822.
I just received the enclosed letter that I am sending to you immediately in hope that you will still be on time to send everything on the run this evening of February 21st, 1822.
Your most devoted and obedient,
Fr. Antonio Gianelli
About the Cardinal Gibbons’ Items:
His zuchetto is a very valued asset to the Collection. The featured photo depicts a note card, written and signed by him. In part it reads, My dear Sr. Agathai, the enclosed paper was sent to me by Mother Placide for my signature which I gladly affix. I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you on the occasion of….on May 19. J. Card. Gibbons
The other items presented here are a large medallion commemorating the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, and a box with an image of him on the cover.
June 7, 1886: James Gibbons Created Cardinal
In 1877 James Gibbons became archbishop of Baltimore, the oldest and most prestigious archdiocese in the United States (which included Washington, D.C.). In 1886 he was created cardinal, the second American to receive the red zuchetto. From that time until his death in 1921, he was the unofficial leader of the Church in the United States, honored and extolled by all Americans.
Theodore Roosevelt wrote to him in 1917,Taking your life as a whole, I think you now occupy the position of being the most respected, and venerated, and useful citizen of our country.
Today we honor the gift of Cardinal James Gibbons, particularly to the Church in the relatively young country of the United States of America.