Thursday, 7 March 2013

Papal Retrospective : Leo XIII : 4

A portrait of Pope Leo painted around 1902.
This is the last post in our Retrospective of Pope Leo XIII.  He lived until the grand age of 93, remaining in good health until the end. Pope Leo died on 20th July 1903 and, at his request, was buried in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.

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An extremely rare photograph shewing Pope Leo praying before the High altar
of the Sistine Chapel before offering Mass.
Members of the Papal Guard are shewn in the photograph.

A medal of Pope Leo made in the year 1903.

Pope Leo carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession through the Sala Regia
of the Vatican Palace.  An engraving of the 1880's.

A charming photograph of Pope Leo, from the early years of his Pontificate.

The mortal remains of Pope Leo XIII lying-in-state in
Saint Peter's Basilica July 1903.