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Georgia church named minor basilica

August 20, 2010

Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica by decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Over five dozen churches in the United States have been designated minor basilicas in recognition of their historic, architectural, or other significance.

The first three American churches to be named minor basilicas were St. Adalbert Church (Buffalo, 1907), St. Mary Co-Cathedral (Minneapolis, 1926), and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Victory (Lackawanna, NY, 1926). The four major basilicas in Rome are St. John Lateran, St. Peter’s, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major.


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