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By Derek Rotty, Catholic Exchange, June 26, 2024

Derek Rotty is a husband, father, teacher, & free-lance writer who lives in Jackson, Tennessee. He has written extensively on Catholic history, culture, faith formation, & family. …

Editor’s Note: This is the second half of a two-part series on making a pilgrimage to Washington, DC.


Avatar photoIn a previous article, we considered the ways that a visitor to Washington, DC, can be reminded easily that American Christians are citizens of more than one nation, that we are citizens also of a heavenly Kingdom. Our dual citizenship requires that we view our rights and responsibilities in the republic in light of our citizenship under Heaven. Our nation’s capital contains a treasury of amazing sites that have great potential to assist us in learning those lessons successfully.

The locus of these sights is north of the downtown area, anchored by the Catholic University of America. At the edge of the university’s campus stands the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, frequently called “America’s Catholic Church.” …

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