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Pope names Ste. Anne Church a basilica, cementing historic parish’s importance to Detroit

It took just 319 years, but the Holy See has finally recognized the special dignity of Detroit’s oldest parish, designating Ste. Anne Church in southwest Detroit as a minor basilica.

Msgr. Charles Kosanke, pastor of Ste. Anne and nearby Holy Trinity Parish, made the joyous announcement March 1 during weekend Masses

The extraordinary honor, bestowed by Pope Francis through the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, makes Ste. Anne the second basilica in the Archdiocese of Detroit and the third in Michigan. Nationwide, only 86 churches carry the designation, and about 1,700 churches worldwide.

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