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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

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With its majestic facade, vaulted dome, ornate main altar, eight impressive side chapels, and main sanctuary the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is one of the largest brownstone and architecturally-eminent structures in the City of Philadelphia. The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is ranked among the outstandingly beautiful and architecturally perfect structures in Philadelphia and in the United States.
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  • Lovely cathedral to visit. Nice tour given by church ambassador. We did it as part of the "Philadelphia Pass"  more »
  • It is a Cathedral with a very nice architecture, interior is surprising since outside it seems not so great. It is close to a beautiful Fountain where begins the avenue that leads to the art museum.
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  • This is an absolutely gorgeous church. What a tribute to God. A wonderful place of worship. The history, architecture, the ambiance. Just being in here makes you want to kneel in a pew and thank God f...  more »
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  • This is the most amazing and incredible architecture in Philadelphia. When you enter the Basilica is like you are in the another world. Its breathtakingly beautiful. It soothe your sorrows and transport you to another place. It feels like you are in heaven. A place of refuge from all the hassles and noise outside the city. You have to go visit and spend some time learning and meditating. I was moved and came out feel like a new person. You can also have a confession too. A must see when you are in Philly.
  • Great energy. Friendly atmosphere. Inspiring messages. My Friend Patty became a Catholic today!!!
  • Exquisite beauty and architecture! Went with the family during our stay in philly. If your in town seeing the sights don't miss it.
  • Big n beautiful church. It was a peaceful place
  • A miracle happened to me at the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in 1980. I overstayed my student visa and became an illegal immigrant. I went through 3 deportation hearings using 3 different lawyers over a 5-year period from 1977 to 1982. I was broke. I went into debt to pay my legal fees. I could not work. One day, as I was walking aimlessly and anxiously in Center City, Philadelphia, I found myself next to this Cathedral. I suddenly realized that there was one final thing I could do to seek help -- pray to God. I went in and I started praying to Saint John Neumann to give me guidance. After that, I prayed to God. I told God that I would help pull China and America closer if He could help me get a "green card." My prayers calmed me down. I felt at peace and emboldened to continue to face my immigration tormentors in what looked like a hopeless, losing legal case. I continued to send 500 more personally signed letters to CEOs to offer myself to help them open the China market. One letter landed on the desk of a CEO in New York, who had just returned to America having had a bad time negotiating with the Chinese government. He told the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing to interview me. They hired me. With my third lawyer, who cared about me, my future company and I together proved to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to the U.S. Labor Department that I could do a job that no other American citizen could do. We had to advertise the position in The New York Times. We won the case. On my birthday in Hong Kong in the summer of 1982, to which I must first return in order to re-enter the U.S. legally, the U.S. Consulate gave me my "green card." The lady officer said to me with a big smile: "Happy birthday, James." I became a citizen in 1987. Ever since my prayers at the Cathedral Basilica, I have helped more than 100 U.S. companies large and small to sell American-made products and services to China and Asia. I helped American companies generate new revenues through export sales. To me, a miracle came true. My third and good lawyer said to me: "James, if I can help you win your case, I can win any case." She was right. But I believe that God, and Saint Neumann, granted me the Grace I needed to be lucky and to be accepted by America. I am forever grateful.

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