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In the year 590, as he prayed for Rome’s deliverance from a plague, St. Gregory the Great had a encouraging vision of an angel sheathing its sword above Castel Sant’Angelo, a massive brick castle built atop the drum of Hadrian’s first-century mausoleum. The plague ended, and the castle got a new name (and, in 1752, a spiffy bronze statue of the angel).

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In the year 590, as he prayed for Rome’s deliverance from a plague, St. Gregory the Great had a encouraging vision of an angel sheathing its sword above Castel Sant’Angelo, a massive brick castle built atop the drum of Hadrian’s first-century mausoleum. The plague ended, and the castle got a new name (and, in 1752, a spiffy bronze statue of the angel).

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