"America's Church: The Basilica of the National Shrine...

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March 12, 2000|By Michael Pakenham

"America's Church: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception" by Gregory W. Tucker (Our Sunday Visitor, 278 pages)

The Basilica in Washington is the largest church building in the Western Hemisphere and in the eyes of Catholics and many nonCatholics alike the "national church." Begun in 1920 after generations of prayer and planning, the Byzantine- Romanesque structure was finally dedicated in 1959. Tucker's meticulously documented text of its history and development is intricate and fascinating. Lavish photographs bring the story vividly alive.

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