Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica thoothukudi

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Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica thoothukudi

This church was earlier called as St.Paul’s Church and was built in the year 1540.Statue of Our Lady reached Tuticorin from Manila in the year 1555. On 5th August 1582 a new church was built and dedicated to “Our lady of Mercy”.  Since Rome celebrates feast of Mother of Snows on this day, this church celebrates the annual feast here on the same day. The church was later called as the “Church of our Lady of Snows”. The existing new church complex was opened on the 05th August 1713. Pope John Paul IIraised the shrine to the status of Basilica in the year 1982. The present church celebrated its 300th year of existence on 5th August 2013.

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