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Fr Flader: What is a basilica?

I was in Rome in Holy Week and visited three major basilicas there, including St Peter’s. Can you please tell me exactly what a basilica is, and how it differs, for example, from a cathedral?

Put the Holy Spirit back at the centre of the church

The celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ is a very special occasion at the Vatican, and one that prompted the pope to emphasise prioritising it again.

Much to be thankful for at Sunday’s Regina Coeli

Pope Francis spent much of Sunday's Regina Coeli greeting new faces and groups in St Peter's Square, thanking them for all that they do.

Corpus Christi celebrations return home to major Basilicas this year

Pope Francis will return to St John Lateran and St Mary Major to preside over the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on 2 June, after 7 years away.

Cardinal Pell’s faith, suffering remembered at Vatican funeral

The death of Australian Cardinal George Pell was a shock because just five days earlier he had concelebrated the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI...

Pope emeritus Benedict to be buried in Sydney WYD 2008 vestments

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will be buried on 5 January at St Peter's Basilica in Rome in the same vestments he wore for the...

Entrusting the world to Mary’s intercession, Pope Francis consecrates Ukraine, Russia As Russia's violent month-long invasion continued to devastate Ukraine, Pope Francis laid the fates of both countries at the feet of Mary in the...

Francis prays Christmas will bring yearning for peace, dialogue

Gallery: a papal Christmas blessing Before giving his Christmas blessing to the city of Rome and to the world, Pope Francis drew attention to the...

Monica Doumit: Why no private Mass at HQ?

The meaning of having Mass at St Peter's Basilica You know those occasions that, while they are happening, you know you will remember for the...

St Peter’s Basilica reopens to the public

The faithful and tourists are returning amid strict health measures and constant cleaning.

Aussie students bring a bit of home to Rome this Australia...

Australia Day came to Rome a little early this year when a group of young people performed at Domus Australia.

Seek Jesus, pope says on Epiphany

People find Jesus only through humble love and are called to offer him prayer, adoration and service, Pope Francis said.
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