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Pentecost petals draw many to witness once-a-year tradition in Rome

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Roman firefighters launched a shower of rose petals in one of the most unique Pentecost traditions in Rome.

Thousands of red petals fell 140 ft through the oculus of the Pantheon, a tradition that takes place every year to symbolise the descent of the Holy Spirit.

The Pantheon is the oldest building in the world that is still in use today.

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It was built as a place of worship dedicated to the pagan gods in Ancient Rome.

Under Pope Boniface IV, the Pantheon became a Catholic Basilica, named after Saint Mary of the Martyrs, because he ordered the bodies of the Christian martyrs to be transferred from the catacombs to this building.

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