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When I was in college, I decided to check out one of the Archdiocese's Latin Masses. It was on April 1, 2012 and I decided to take some pictures. Overall, the diocesan TLM was bland in comparison to the one I go at home. Still, the inside was beautiful and I was surprised that most of the architecture survived the liturgical wreckovation. Around 1996/1997, the Latin Mass came back, albeit three times a month.

Here are some pictures I took that day

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Notice on the right side Benedict XVI's coat of arms. It's been replaced by the Current Pontiff's, now

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I was told that rocks from Our Lady of Lourdes are buried underneath the Basilica

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What's left of the altar rail

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Coat of arms of Pius XII

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Papal Umbrella, technically, if a pope were to go to Iowa, he would go to this exact Basilica

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Confessional box

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    Beautiful!  Our Cathedral in Fort Worth still has it's altar rail, though they don't use it.  The biulding is a state landmark, so I think the rail is safe ( for now)  LOL