Afternoon Links: The Basilica of Saint Mary Edition

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For our Afternoon Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from Alexandria, Virginia and around the area. Here are five (5) news items that caught our eye.

In the News

Recent cold snap continues this week with a bit of snow in Alexandria, Virginia Sunny but very cold again with high temps only 29-39 degrees. Question is, will it snow? (DMV Weather)

Holy See Names St. Mary’s in Old Town a ‘Basilica’ The Vatican issued a decree granting St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria, the title ‘minor basilica,’ making it the first basilica in Northern Virginia, the first in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and the 84thin the United States. The 223-year-old Roman Catholic Church will officially be named “The Basilica of Saint Mary.” (Catholic Herald)

Electronic edition of the Alexandria Gazette Download the latest edition of the Alexandria Gazette in PDF format (Alexandria Gazette)

Electronic edition of the Alexandria Times Download the latest edition of the Alexandria Gazette in PDF format (Alexandria Times)

Potomac School Rallies Past St. Stephens in Thriller Potomac School began its game with host St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes on Saturday on an impressive 9-2 run with guard Mike Grimes on fire from outside. That run didn’t hold up for long, but another 9-2 run much later did as the Panthers registered an impressive 66-64 comeback victory over the Saints. (NoVAHoops)

Video of the Day

Alexandria’s Pat Troy, the ‘unofficial Mayor of Alexandria,’ on his home church being declared a Basilica.