Talk:Domus Sanctae Marthae

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Fair use images[edit]

Please add fair use images to this article! --88.77.228.243 (talk) 11:51, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

Pro Catholic POV[edit]

Who is Profesor Mary Ann Glendon? There is no reference for the quote attributed to her. When was she there? The hotel was built for $20 million dollars. It seems they would get more than "monastic simplicity" in exchange for that. If monastic simplicity was what they wanted, they already had what they had. This article is written to defend the Catholic point of view, and it needs more neutrality.John Paul Parks (talk) 18:45, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

I've identified her. Bmclaughlin9 (talk) 23:06, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Former building[edit]

I found a citation for the idea that the former building was erected in 1891 to house the sick. But older sources that I can't quite get to say something different. For example this snippet:

Great and enthusiastic crowds came to Rome and, to help accommodate them, Saint Martha's Hospice was built in the Vatican and took care of forty thousand pilgrims that year. The jubilee was marked by the canonizations of John Baptiste de ...

That's an extract from Saint Peter and the Vatican: the legacy of the popes, page 163, by Allen Duston, Roberto Zagnoli, published by Art Services International in 2003. I see that John Baptiste de la Salle was canonized in 1900 and that would have been a big jubilee year. I just wonder. Bmclaughlin9 (talk) 22:14, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the thorough fact checking. The sentence structure is a little ambiguous. While it might imply that it was built in 1900 it could also merely mean that the building was repurposed at that time for the pilgrims since the cholera epidemic by that time was probably over. Again, many thanks for the nifty tidbit.Americasroof (talk) 23:01, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

I note as well that the WP entry on the pandemic in question says the only major outbreak in Europe was in Hamburg in 1892. I'm getting more suspicious of the pandemic/1891 info. Bmclaughlin9 (talk) 18:24, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

I found a superior Vatican source. Was built in anticipation of the cholera that never reached Rome. More details. Bmclaughlin9 (talk) 02:08, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
Again many thanks for going the extra mile on research. Americasroof (talk) 02:43, 6 April 2013 (UTC)