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Wilmington church honored by the Pope

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A church in Wilmington has received a big honor from the Vatican.

According to Father Bob Kus, St. Mary Church was declared a minor basilica by the pope.

Kus said the church will now be known as The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary.

Kus said, "a basilica is an honor given by the Pope to churches that have great historical and religious significance in a community."

He said the church congregation is very excited about the announcement

"It was totally random.  The bishop called me up on Friday afternoon," said Kus.  "I was very pleased."

The church will hold a special mass for the honor on Sunday, September 8.

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