I had no idea that the smallest cathedral in the U.S. is right here in North Carolina until the place made the news last week, and I realized that I'd taken some photos of it a couple of years ago when I was in downtown Raleigh.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral is a sweet little gothic church, built in 1922. North Carolina was the last state in the nation to get a Catholic diocese (in 1924) and that's when this church was declared a cathedral. From the article:
In the Roman Catholic world, a cathedral is the bishop's home church. It holds his throne and shepherd's staff. The word "cathedral" comes from the Latin for seat or chair. Cathedrals are typically the grandest of all the churches in the diocese.
The article explains that this cathedral only seats 320 worshippers and on Easter Sunday this year, there was an overflow crowd of several thousand people participating in Mass via closed circuit TV from a nearby hotel. Sounds like they do need a bigger place. I'd like to see the inside of this church with its ""floral-theme terazzo floor" and bright blue ceiling inlaid with 14-carat gold leaf stars.