Basilica Privileges

Privileges and Responsibilites


The Papal document, Domus Ecclesiae, spells out the specific privileges granted to a Minor Basilica. The most important of these is the Plenary Indulgence, which the faithful may receive who devoutly visit the basilica and participate in any sacred rite “or at least recite the Lord’s Prayer and the profession of faith.”

How to gain a Plenary Indulgence

The faithful who devoutly visit the basilica and within it participate in any sacred rite or at least recite the Lord's Prayer and the profession of faith may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff):

  1. On the anniversary of the dedication of the same basilica, November 3
  2. On the day of the liturgical celebration of the title, August 15
  3. On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, June 29
  4. On the anniversary of the granting of the title of basilica, June 29
  5. Once a year on a day to be determined by the local Ordinary, January 24
  6. Once a year on a day freely chosen by each of the faithful