Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

...Msgr. Thomas Shahan has been working on and dreaming of since the early 1900s was given the green light by none other than Pope Pius X. The approval was for the building of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the pope personally donated $400 to

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Catholic Newspapers in Philadelphia

...spaper which was founded someti me in 1856. The first issue of The Universe: The Catholic Herald and Visitor was published on January 2, 1864. The Catholic Herald and The Catholic Herald and Visitor was the official organ of the Diocese of Philadelphia and carried the recommendation of the Bishop.

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Irish Catholics and Secret Societies

...f the oaths of loyalty involved in such groups. Nevertheless, during the 1800s there were two major organizations that attracted numbers of Irish Catholics: the Fenian Brotherhood and the Molly Maguires. The Fenian Brotherhood was founded in 1858 as a national movement for the liberation of Ireland from English rule.[1]

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Centennial Exposition

...and Mine was held from May to November 1876 in Fairmount Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the United States. Called the Centennial Exposition for short, it was a world’s fair featuring displays from around the country and the world. Planning for the event began in the late 1860s

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