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Patroness of the Aviation



The tradition of Loreto which deals with the transport of Mary's house from Nazareth to the Illyria (1291) and from there to the territory of Recanati (1294) appears at the very least an attractive theory as the choice of Our Lady of Loreto as the Patroness for air travellers.
Already in the 12 and 13 Centuries. poets and artists commemorated that wonderful transport with flights of fantasy, imagining the flight of the Nazarene house much like that of a modem jet aircraft.
The Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Antonio Vico submitted the request to Pope Benedict XV who granted the request, that is most willingly, as can be read in the relevant Decree, enacted on the 24th of March, 1920, on the eve of the Annunciation.