Skip to comments.Church celebrates new title while pushing for immigration reform
Posted on 09/08/2013 7:37:17 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) --Saint Mary Catholic Church became the third basilica in the state early August and celebrated together Sunday afternoon.
For our city its a great honor as well as the state, Father Bob Kus said.
Hundreds came together for a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary.
"You get a spiritual uplift whenever you come into something like this and its really wonderful," parishioner Angelo Gibilaro said.
In 2007 the church asked the Bishop to petition the Vatican for consideration of receiving the title of basilica.
The request was based on the historical importance in the diocese, its unique architectural design, and its devotion to the community.
"Throughout its history it has been known for its care to the poor and needy, for welcoming the immigrant, for welcoming the stranger and for teaching the faith, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh Michael Burbidge said.
The congregation was founded over 100 years ago by primarily Irish immigrants.
Father Kus said between 15 and 20 percent of the Basilicas current parishioners have come from other countries.
"We hope that one day there's a wonderful path to allow the families to stay together and to be citizens. Father Kus said.
This issue is also extremely important to Bishop Burbidge.
He said he and bishops around the country are working with the presidents administration on comprehensive immigration reform.
"Let's be mindful of what our forefathers always wanted, and that's life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and all persons treated with respect and dignity, Bishop Burbidge said.
A message one church-goer said embodies the every atmosphere at Saint Marys.
"It is like we are all one family, because to God we are all one family," Courtney Mason.
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With a church like this, who needs Satan?
They make out like laws what laws we see no laws we are only here to welcome the strangers...
I read on another thread that the “Justice for Immigrants” campaign is supposed to run for 2 months starting today. I guess that means Catholics have a lot more of this to look forward to!
It’s a very bad situation.
It would be good to see a lot more men in the laity educate these people, the clergy, about this.
It is NOT the Church. It is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
THey are misguided.
It is absolutely against the Catechism to: 1, engage in politics, 2, Promote illegal behavior and, 3, encourage and enable out of control immigration.
You will never see Pope Francis, or any Pope, speaking like this.
It is not the Church. It is the Latino American bishops - Gomez, Garcia, etc, who would speak English at home for the sake of all the immigrants in the world.
What motivates them, I can only guess, and it might be obvious, but they are wrong. And they are basing their push on 11 million, or on trusting the government.
Ah, WOULDN’T speak English.
They’re pushing this at my mother’s church too. Using all the Democratic talking points calling the unenforced present-day system “broken”, blah blah blah . . . real “smoke of Satan” stuff.
“No offense intended to Catholics.”
I was raised Catholic and I agree with your comments 100%.