In India, the Dedication of the City of Kerala's Largest Church

Source: FSSPX News

After 10 years of construction, the largest church in Kerala (India) was solemnly consecrated on Sunday, January 13, 2019, by Cardinal Georges Alencherry, major Catholic archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church.

Placed under the patronage of St. Augustine, the 75,000 square-foot building can contain 5,000 faithful and includes not only the sanctuary but also a museum, a library and parish halls. 

“St. Augustine’s Church combines different types of architecture: Greek, Portuguese, German and Byzantine. Bas-reliefs depicting the baptism of Jesus and the Virgin Mary decorate the choir,” explained George Njarakkunnel, the vicar of the sanctuary.

The former several-century-old church, that was preserved next to the new church, had become too small. The Catholic community of the Syro-Malabar rite is developing beautifully: “The need for a larger sanctuary made itself felt and our church should be raised to the rank of a basilica in a few years,” Fr. Njarakkunnel went on to explain. 

Kerala is the Indian State with the most Christians; they represent about 20% of the population, compared to the 2% average throughout the nation. Catholics make up three quarters of the State’s Christians.