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The Significance of Divine Mercy Sunday

As the faithful prepare to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, it is important to review the meaning and historical significance of…

Reflecting on the Seven Last Words of Christ

As we reflect on Christ’s sacrifice this Good Friday, the Seven Last Words give us powerful insight into His thoughts…

Bells of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Will Toll at 6:43 PM

In solidarity with our friends at Notre Dame in Paris, and seeking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for…

The Choral Music of Holy Week

From the somber silence experienced at the beginning of the Good Friday Liturgy, to the thunderous organ fanfare and ringing…

The Basilica Facilitates Donations in Solidarity with the Cathedral of Notre Dame

“The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in solidarity with the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris,…

Statement by Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, Rector of the Basilica, Regarding the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

“Today we share our grief and prayers with those who worship at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the…

Good Friday at the Basilica: Exposition of the Relics of the Christ’s Passion

The relics of the passion, death, and burial of Our Lord Jesus Christ are the first relics of the Church…

A Moment in Basilica History: First Mass Celebrated in the Crypt Church 95 Years Ago

Every year, millions of people from all over the world visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate…

A Virtual Welcome from the Rector of the Basilica

It gives me great pleasure as Rector to welcome you “virtually” to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception…

Palm Sunday, Holy Week & Easter at the Basilica

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic Church in the United States and one…

Basilica to Observe “24 Hours for the Lord”

In observance of “24 Hours for the Lord,” the Lenten initiative launched by Pope Francis, the Basilica of the National…

Lenten Reflections at the National Shrine

The season of Lent is a time to reflect on the solemnity of the Lord’s sacrifice and prepare our hearts…

The Trinity Dome Dedication

On December 8, 2017, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the patronal feast day of the National Shrine and…

Dedication of Rosary Walk and Garden

On September 23, 2017, a day of pilgrimage for more than 2,000 of the faithful during the centennial year commemorating…

Pope Francis’s Visit to the National Shrine

A Picture Perfect Day Pope Francis arrived at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on September…

Jubilee Celebration

On November 20, 2009, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its…

Pope Benedict XVI Visits the Basilica

People of all ages, states, and walks of life from across America flocked to the nation’s patronal church awaiting the…

Pope John Paul II Visits the Basilica

Excerpt from the book: America’s Church: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Early on the morning…