The basilica is one of a handful of churches outside the walls of Vatican City owned by the Holy See.
What Francis said to Law when the two of them met and briefly embraced at the Rome basilica is not known.
The basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a church where the faithful come to pray for cures.
1540s, from Latin basilica "building of a court of justice," and, by extension, church built on the plan of one, from Greek (stoa) basilike "royal (portal)," the portico of the archon basileus, the official who dispensed justice in Athens, from basileus "king" (see Basil). In Rome, applied specifically to the seven principal churches founded by Constantine.