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Then and Now

Though the city of St. John's has grown considerably since the consecration of the Basilica in 1855, the Cathedral remains a focal point for many cultural functions in the community, and a constant draw for tourists visiting old St. John's.

In 1984 the Basilica was designated a National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, and in October 1988 the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador designated the Basilica as a Registered Heritage Structure.

In the summer of 2005, Bishop Fleming was designated as a Person of National Historical Significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Aside from conceiving the idea of a Basilica-Cathedral in St. John's, Fleming was also responsible for the overall growth of the Catholic faith in Newfoundland, the formation of the Catholic education system in the province, and is largely credited with giving Catholics a political voice in provincial affairs during the 19th century.

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