As the Year of St. Paul draws to a close, the Vatican has designated the Cathedral of St. Paul, in St. Paul, Minn., as the nation’s first national shrine in honor of the apostle Paul.
The distinction was granted by the Office of the Holy See and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, following a request by St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt. It is Minnesota’s first national shrine.
According to canon (Church) law, “The term shrine signifies a church or other sacred place to which the faithful make pilgrimages for a particular pious reason with the approval of the local ordinary (bishop).”
Even prior to the designation, the cathedral received upwards of 200,000...READ MORE