A basilica; a major Catholic university; several religious houses, shrines, and monasteries; and the headquarters of Church bureaucracy.
It sounds like the features of a neighborhood in the Holy City, but it’s actually one in Washington. In fact, the concentration of all things Catholic has earned this area of Northeast DC the affectionate nickname of “Little Rome.”
Pope Francis celebrated Mass earlier today at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a massive, distinctive-looking church that combines elements of Byzantine and Romanesque architecture. The basilica, which was finished in 1959, is the largest church in America, and includes numerable side chapels...READ MORE