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Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast

May 12, 2021

Father David Dufresne, Parochial Vicar at the Basilica of Mary, and Alex Solsma, the Basilica's Director of Communications, have a discussion with Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq.

Archbishop Warda reflects on the recent Papal visit to Iraq by Pope Francis and shares his vision for the future of the Church in his archdiocese. 

Archbishop Warda was ordained a priest in 1993 and was consecrated as Archbishop of Ebril in 2010.

Founded in 1795, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Old Town Alexandria is the first Catholic parish established in Virginia. Pope Francis named the church a minor basilica on December 6, 2017 due to its important role in the growth of the Catholic Church in North America.