May 23, 2021
The Feast Day of Pentecost is celebrated in the Western Church as the day when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’s disciples, giving them “tongues of fire” that enabled them to preach the gospel in multiple languages.

April 1, 2021
Today is Holy, or Maundy, Thursday, when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet in an act of humility that is seen as a reminder of the cleansing waters of Baptism and a foreshadowing of the purification brought by the Crucifixion .

August 15, 2018
August 15th is the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Virgin.

June 9, 2018
Today in 1311 Duccio di Buoninsegna’s (c.1260-1319) Maestà altarpiece was installed in Siena Cathedral; the city of Siena commissioned the altarpiece in 1308.

June 1, 2018
Florentine painter Biagio d’Antonio Tucci died 1 June 1516 in his hometown.

September 18, 2017
The last documents referring to fourteenth-century painter Pietro Lorenzetti are dated between 18 September 1344 and 19 February 1345.

January 21, 2017
21 January is the feast day of Saint Agnes (c. 291 – c. 304) in the Roman Catholic Church and has been venerated since the fourth century.

December 25, 2016
As foretold in Isaiah’s prophesy about the Messiah (Isaiah 1:3) and recounted in the Gospels, Christ’s life on earth began in a stable in Bethlehem.

September 24, 2016
The Virgin of Mercy (Madonna della Misericordia) is a Marian devotional image type recognizable by its portrayal of Mary protecting those in need and devotees under her blue mantle (cloak).

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