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Minneapolis basilica sustains fire damage amid civil unrest

““The Basilica of Saint Mary did withstand minor damage yesterday. No one was injured in the incident. At the time we pray for peace and healing in our city,” a spokesperson for the basilica said in a statement issued May 30.

The basilica church was dedicated in 1914, as a pro-cathedral for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It was designated a minor basilica by Pope Pius XI in 1926, the first church in the country to be so designated.

Photos posted on social media purport to show several fire damaged pews inside the basilica. While the photos do seem to match the appearance of the church’s interior, a basilica spokeswoman told CNA she could not comment on the photos or verify their authenticity.”

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Thankfully the fire damage in the church appears to be minimal especially considering what’s happened across the twin cities metro area. Located in downtown Minneapolis, the church is roughly a mile a way from where the heart of the protests have occurred. Police are currently investigating the matter and the church is working with their insurance provider to help with the repair costs.

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