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Milan to Ancona,Italy Sunday 12 February 1893

All the Bishops and clergy had been granted permission by the Vicar General of Milan to celebrate Mass in any Church.  By 9 30 am everyone was comfortably seated on the special train which was to take them to Ancona in the elbow of Italy.

Just before 2 pm a half hour stop in Bologna allowed for lunch.  In the Church of St Dominic in Bologna the body of St Dominic, the founder of the great ‘Order of Preachers’ was preserved.

In Ireland in 1893 there were sixteen Dominican Priories providing education for the children.  Cardinal Ludovico Ludovici, Archbishop of Bologna had been declared Protector of Ireland by the Pope in 1627.  With the assistance of Fr Luke Wadding he had six Irish students brought from Ireland to Rome and maintained at his expense.  He bought for their accommodation a house close by St Isidore’s Convent, and, on the 1 January 1628, opened the Institute now known as The Irish College.

The train passed through Rimini on the shores of the Adriatic and arrived in Ancona at 6 40 pm.  The pilgrims were met by His Eminence Cardinal Logue.  They then made their way to their accommodation.  As accommodation was very limited in Ancona it was with considerable difficulty that all the pilgrims got a bed.


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