- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore’s archdiocese is celebrating its 225th Easter in the nation’s oldest cathedral.

WJZ-TV (https://cbsloc.al/1jX5Mfr ) reports a standing room only crowd packed the Baltimore Basilica on Sunday. The historic structure known as America’s first cathedral dates back to 1806. This year also marks the 225th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Archbishop William Lori says he wants to engage current Catholics to become more active in the church.

The Baltimore Basilica recently played a role in President Barack Obama’s visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican. For the president’s gift to the pope, the cathedral provided a custom seed chest made of wood from the church. It represents the Catholic Church’s beginnings in the U.S. and held fruit and vegetable seeds from the White House garden to help feed the poor.

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Information from: WJZ-TV, https://www.wjz.com/


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