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A detail from an icon depicting the Ladder of St John Climacus

St John of Climacus (March 20) was responsible for one of the most important devotional texts of the Middle Ages

Pope Benedict XVI censes the statue of the Virgin Mary in the Piazza di Spagna (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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