The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.
Fulfilling its mission, the Basilica is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation.
Designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, the Basilica is the nation’s preeminent Marian shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States—the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. It is oftentimes affectionately referred to as America’s Catholic Church.
Visited by Saint John Paul II, and Blessed Mother Teresa, and Pope Benedict XVI, among others, the Basilica, though distinctly American, rivals the great sanctuaries of Europe and the world.