In 2008 Father Kunst purchased a series of holy year bricks from a Roman citizen selling them on auction. They belonged to the man’s grandmother who had recently died at 104 years of age. The man’s grandfather worked at the Spanish Embassy at the Vatican. On one of the bricks is written the notation that it was intended as a gift to his grandfather and his family.
The bricks are from all the major basilicas in Rome.
The inscription on this brick reads:
SACROSANTA LATERANINS ECCLESIA
PIO PP XI
ANNO IUBILAEI MCMXXV
BASILUS EPISCOPUS VELITERNUS
SRE CARD POMPILI
SSLATER ECCLESIAE ARCHIPR
APERUIT ET CLAUSIT
Basilio Pompili (Spoleto 1858 – Roma 1931) was the
Cardinale Legato who opened and closed the holy
door. Pope Pio X made him a cardinal in 1911 and in 1913, he was made the Pope’s vicar for Rome.