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St. Philip Neri, the ‘Apostle of Rome,’ is an Example of Christian Charity and Zeal

Francesco CantoneSt. Philip Neri in levitation, fresco by unknown (1600 ca.) from Vallicella rooms of the saint, Chiesa Nuova, Rome.

It is fitting, then, that his spiritual epiphany happened there at Pentecost. Asking God for the gift of the Holy Spirit, it came down as a great ball of fire, entering through his mouth and settling into his heart.

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