The Vatican has designated the Cathedral of Saint Paul as a national shrine, the first in Minnesota. The cathedral also becomes the the only national shrine in North America dedicated to honor the Apostle Paul.
Father Joseph Johnson, the rector of the Cathedral, said the designation puts the parish on par with the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
"It's been recognized as one of the most important spiritual places in our entire country," Johnson said. "That's a great honor and we're thrilled with receiving that distinction."
Johnson said the Cathedral will likely see a significant increase in the number of visitors to the Cathedral. He says many Catholics may now view the Cathedral as a place of pilgrimage where they can have their spiritual lives nourished.