As almost everything else, motor vehicles have their patron Saint and are regularly blessed each year.
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Background: As almost everything else, motor vehicles have their patron Saint and are regularly blessed each year. The Patron Saint in Santa Francesca Romana and to day is the day dedicated to this particular Saint.
The church dedicated to Santa Francesca Romana stands very near the Colosseum and the ceremony was held around the same colosseum. Cars included in the blessing were those of State Authorities, the different branches of the Armed Forces, Fire Brigades, State Agencies and Private Concerns, Public service motor vehicles, and the private owners of motor cars. The Ceremony at Santa Francesca Romana was official ciated by Monsignor Traglia bishop of the particular church.
After the ceremony the motor vehicles formed a long column and proceeded to St. Peter's Square. Here the cars lined up once again and were re-blessed by His Holyness Pope Johannes XXIII performed this second benediction from the window of his private apartment. Needless to say The Pope was cheered wildly by all those present. (This is the first time the Pope takes part in this benediction of motor vehicles