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1. (Roman Catholic Church) Also called: Lateran palace a palace in Rome, formerly the official residence of the popes
2. (Roman Catholic Church) any of five ecumenical councils held in this palace between 1123 and 1512
3. (Roman Catholic Church) the basilica of Saint John Lateran, the cathedral church of Rome
[from Latin: the district is named after the ancient Roman family Plautii Laterani]
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the church of St. John Lateran, the cathedral church of the city of Rome; the church of the pope as bishop of Rome.
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Noun1.Lateran - the site in Rome containing the church of Rome and the Lateran PalaceLateran - the site in Rome containing the church of Rome and the Lateran Palace
Lateran Palace - a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
capital of Italy, Eternal City, Italian capital, Rome, Roma - capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
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"I beg your excellency's pardon for keeping you waiting," said the man, in the Roman dialect, "but I don't think I'm many minutes after my time, ten o'clock his just struck on the Lateran."
John Lateran; and the latter convicted of being an accomplice of the atrocious and sanguinary bandit, Luigi Vampa, and his band.
John Lateran, the Campagna, the Appian Way, the Seven Hills, the Baths of Caracalla, the Claudian Aqueduct, the Cloaca Maxima--the eternal bore designed the Eternal City, and unless all men and books do lie, he painted every thing in it!
1929: The Papal State, extinct since 1870, was revived as the State of Vatican City in Rome, as a result of the Lateran Treaty.
The Vatican City became an independent state after the Lateran Treaty, signed on February 11, was ratified by Italy's fascist government.
The Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs, as it is fully known, is just across the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and, according to Catholic Travel Guide, is under the custody of The Passionist Fathers.
| 1929: The 109 acres of the Vatican in Rome was made an independent sovereign state under the Lateran Treaty.
In October 649, a council of 105 bishops gathered at Rome's Lateran Church and under the leadership of Pope Martin I, it presented 20 canons.
Pope Francis named Vincenzo Buonomo rector of Rome's Pontifical Lateran University, the Vatican announced June 2.
Pope Francis attends a meeting with faithful of the diocese of Rome at Saint John Lateran Basilica in Rome, Italy.
The Vatican City State was founded following the signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy on February 11th, 1929.