About That Beautiful Marian Basilica….

Early on the morning of March 14, on the first full day of his pontificate, Pope Francis paid a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major).   There, he presented the Virgin with a bouquet of flowers and spent half an hour in prayer.Again flashing that irresistible humility, he asked that the basilica be kept open to the public during his visit.  “I’m a pilgrim,” he said, “and I just want to be one among the pilgrims.”  However, in that case his wishes did not prevail; citi … [Read more...]

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St. Al’s: Music, Architecture and Service Lead Detroiters to God

I worked in downtown Detroit many years ago, and one of my pleasant discoveries as I wandered the streets during my lunch hour was the unique and vibrant liturgy at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.St. Aloysius is located on Washington Boulevard, pressed into the space between the historic Book Cadillac Hotel and the Chancery offices.  Modeled after the great Duomo in Milan with its lower-level crypt chapel, St. Al’s was the only church I’d seen with both an upper and lower church.  On one visit … [Read more...]

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