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Welcome to America’s Catholic Church: Plan Your Visit

The National Shrine, also known as Mary’s Shrine, receives nearly one million visitors annually and has been visited by Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Pope John Paul II, and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, among others. We hope that you can join us in person and are here to help you as you learn more about the Basilica – America’s Catholic Church!

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Veneration of the Relics of St. Padre Pio

Veneration of the Relics of St. Padre Pio

May 21 - May 22

On Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd, Relics of Saint Padre Pio will be available for veneration at the…

Annual Maritime Day Mass

May 21 @ 12:10 pm

On Saturday, May 21st, 2022, the Annual Maritime Day Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 p.m. in the Crypt Church.…

Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A. Pilgrimage and Memorial Mass

May 22 @ 3:00 pm

On Sunday, May 22nd, 2022, the Archdiocese of the Military Services USA will host its annual Pilgrimage and Memorial Mass.…

Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage

June 25

On Saturday, June 25th, 2022, the Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine…

Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno (Servant of God)

September 6 @ 6:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., for the Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno (Servant…

25th Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Health

September 10

On Saturday, September 10th, 2022, the Indian American Catholic Association will hold its 25th Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of…

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There are a multiple ways to tour the National Shrine.
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Individuals and small groups are welcome to attend Mass, take a tour and visit the Shrine Shops.

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If you desire to tour the Shrine with a large group, we offer guided tours that last approximately one hour. Guided tours include visits to chapels on the Crypt Level and the Great Upper Church, and include information about the history of the Shrine, the architecture, and the sacred artwork.

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Whether you are just stopping by for an introductory self-tour, are part of a School or Church Group Pilgrimage, or a one-day Diocesan Pilgrimage, view our sample schedules to ensure that your visit is a valuable spiritual experience.

What To Do & See

Learn more about the Basilica as you prepare for your next visit.

Hours & Location

We look forward to your next visit to the Basilica.

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Plan to visit the Basilica?

The Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in North America and is among the ten largest churches in the world. Review our hours and location details to help plan your next trip.

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Interactive Map

Learn more about the Basilica’s architecture and sacred art.

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Cafeteria

View cafeteria hours and make group arrangements.

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Bookstore

View bookstore hours and search for resources online.

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Gift Shop

Plan your visit to the National Shrine Shops and shop online.