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I never heard of St. Mary Major being referred to as the Liberian Basilica.
1 posted on 08/30/2010 9:44:31 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 08/30/2010 9:46:22 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Has nothing to do with the African nation, of course.

The original building (long since destroyed) was supposed to have been built by Pope Liberius (r. 352-356).

3 posted on 08/30/2010 10:04:23 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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Using “Liberia” with a church name reminded me of something. A couple decades or so ago, some African ruler built a huge and obscenely expensive Catholic church as basically his way of buying himself into Heaven. The Catholic Church refused to consecrate it unless he changed his ways and actually started helping out the poor in his country. IMHO, it’s one of the coolest things the Church ever did.

Can anyone remember the country, president and church? Ivory Coast sounds familiar, but I’m not sure.

4 posted on 08/30/2010 10:04:42 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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