Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome
The Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome are seven churches in
Rome, which are visited by pilgrims in order to gain indulgences. The churches include the four patriarchal basilicas:
San Giovanni in Laterano
San Pietro in Vaticano
San Paolo fuori le mura
Santa Maria MaggioreThey also include three minor basilicas:
San Lorenzo fuori le mura
Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
Santuario della Madonna del Divino AmoreThe last of these was added by Pope John Paul IIfor the Great Jubileeof 2000, replacing San Sebastiano fuori le mura. However, many pilgrims still prefer the pre-2000 seven basilicas and so also attend St. Sebastian's in addition to the ones required for the indulgence.
During Holy Years, indulgences are granted to those who visit certain churches. In
Rome, there are seven such churches. We owe the number to St Philip Neri, who devoted much of his time to helping pilgrims and introduced a list of seven basilicas.
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