The Collegiate Church of Senglea became a basilica a century ago

Less than four months had passed since the rescript authorizing the solemn coronation of the statue of Mary Bambina was issued by the Holy See on April 25, 1920. The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in September 1920 was that of ‘a particular enthusiasm. On June 12, 1921, the first stone of the canopy was laid and …

New York’s Middle Collegiate Church destroyed by fire

A six-alarm fire on Saturday all but destroyed a historic 120-year-old church in New York’s East Village. The blaze also decimated an abandoned building, which was already in disrepair after a blaze earlier this year, and damaged a nearby building, according to the New York Fire Department. The blaze started around 5 a.m. and firefighters were on the scene within …