The History of Catholicism in the United States | EWTN News Nightly

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The Basilica of St. Mary’s is not only the oldest Catholic Church in Virginia but it’s also a symbol of religious freedom as a natural right in America. This story traces the history of Catholicism within the United States. Before the war for American Independence, Catholics living in colonies worshipped in fear or hiding. George Washington’s support for religious freedom opened the doors to Catholicism in America. One of Washington’s financial records, dated March 17, 1788, records a gift in the amount of 1 lb ten pence to the Alexandria German congregation “to hire a house of worship”. Historians believe that this St. Patrick’s Day contribution was what led to the construction of St. Mary’s Church 8 miles north of Mt. Vernon. -A reward for American Catholics who fought in the war for independence.

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