Pope Francis Grants Michigan Church New Status

The Pope honored a historic Michigan church giving it ‘Minor Basilica’ status.

The Catholic Arch-Diocese of Detroit confirms that Pope Francis elevated Royal Oak’s national shrine of the little flower.

The title is a sign of the church’s importance, and closeness to the Pope.

The little flower’s now one of only 82 Minor Basilica’s in the U.S.

And only churches in Rome hold the Major Basilica title.

Detroit’s Arch-Bishop requested the status change last year.