Anno Jubilaes

A hammer of solid gold, its haft of carved ivory, studded with rubies, emeralds, aquamarines, lapis lazuli and engraved with solemn mottoes; a trowel, also of gold, also studded and graven; in a leather case, embossed and inlaid with gold and gems—these gifts of the episcopacy of the world were placed in the hands of Pope Pius XI. Pope Pius was pleased, elated.

Among the inscriptions on the presents was "Anno jubilaes MCMXXV", which is to say that 1925 is a Holy Year of Jubilee. On Christmas...

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