The Church of Holy Mary, the Help of Christians in Tusculum Road
Santa Maria Ausiliatrice in Via Tuscolana
Sancta Mariae Auxiliatricis in via Tusculana
The facade of the Minor Basilica
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41°52′28.19″N 12°31′48.96″E / 41.8744972°N 12.5302667°E / 41.8744972; 12.5302667
DenominationRoman Catholic
TraditionRoman Rite
Website(in Italian) Official website
StatusParish, Titular church, minor basilica
DedicationMary Help of Christians
Architect(s)Nicola Mosso, Giulio Vallotti
Architectural typeChurch
Length78 metres (256 ft)
Width43 metres (141 ft)
Cardinal protectorP. Felice Terriaca[1]

The Church of Saint Mary, the Help of Christians in Via Tuscolana (Italian: Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, Latin: Sancta Mariae Auxiliatricis Christianorum in via Tusculana) is a Roman Catholic Marian shrine, titular church and Minor Basilica of Rome.

Pope Paul VI established the Titular church Sancta Mariæ Auxiliatricis in via Tusculana on 7 June 1967 via the Apostolic Constitution Ad Gubernacula Christianæ. The same Pontiff raised the shrine to the status of Minor Basilica via the Pontifical Decree Dulcia Christi Verba on 1 April 1969.


Pope Pius XI created this parish church on 25 March 1932, with the Apostolic Constitution Inter Pastoralis and entrusted to the Order of the Salesians of Don Bosco. The building was designed by architects Nicola Mosso and Giulio Vallotti between 1931 and 1936.


The interior follows a plan of a combination design between a Latin cross and Greek cross, with three naves. The walls and ceiling are decorated with frescoes of Baroque inspiration, made by Roman artisan Giuseppe Melle between 1957 and 1965. Within the shrine are significant images focused on the Blessed Virgin Mary as “Help of Christians”. A namesake statue is enshrined in the high altar of the basilica, which its crown and scepter was blessed by Pope Paul VI on 5 December 1965, in preparation for the closure of the Second Vatican Council.

List of Cardinal Protectors



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Preceded by
San Lorenzo in Lucina
Landmarks of Rome
Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, Rome
Succeeded by
San Marco Evangelista al Campidoglio, Rome