basilica basilica  /bə ˈsɪ lɪ kə/


  1. (n) an early Christian church designed like a Roman basilica; or a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges
  2. (n) a Roman building used for public administration


  1. The Pope is likely to be buried in a crypt beneath the basilica, near 147 of his predecessors.
  2. Kennedy prayed at the basilica every day in 2003 as his daughter, Kara, was successfully treated for lung cancer at a nearby hospital.
  3. And a funeral mass is being planned for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston's Mission Hill Neighborhood.


  1. Minneapolis gears up for Secret City; Dog Day at MIA

    St. Paul has Northern Spark; Minneapolis has Secret City, with more sensible hours.  Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, ending at midnight, it’s jam-packed with places to go and things to see and do on the Convention Center Plaza, the Basilica of Saint Mary – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden area, along Hennepin Avenue downtown and the Midtown Greenway further south. The Basilica underpass will be lit ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: MinnPost

  2. The Fortnight for Freedom Returns

    Tonight, the Fortnight for Freedom will kick off with a Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore. I suspect that this year, even more than last year, the Fortnight will be a dud, garnering little attention beyond the choir.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: National Catholic Reporter

  3. Video: Floodwaters damage Pius X Basilica in France

    CBS News Raw: Video shows water flooding through the entrance of the Saint Pius X Basilica in Lourdes, France.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: CBS News

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  1. "You could say that thanks to your work for so many weeks, the attention of the whole world has been fixed on the basilica, on St Peter's Square, and on the Apostolic Palace, inside of which my predecessor, the unforgettable John Paul II, serenely...
    on Apr 23, 2005 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source:

  2. "There has been no doubt for the past 20 centuries that the tomb is there. It was variously visible and not visible in times past and then it was covered up. We made an opening (in the basilica floor) to make it visible at least in part,"...
    on Jun 30, 2007 By: Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo Source: WorldNetDaily

  3. "No other monument in the world has had the contribution of such celebrated architects as the new St. Peter's Basilica," said Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, archpriest of the basilica, citing Michelangelo, Bernini, Raphael and others.
    on Apr 20, 2006 By: Francesco Marchisano Source: San Diego Union Tribune

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