Bp. Joseph Karikkassery of Kottapuram Diocese appointed Rev. Fr. Joseph Olattupuram as the new Rector for Basilica.
Liturgy of 13-Oct-12
Holy Mass & songs
Church is celebrating it’s declaration of Basilica on Saturday, 13th October 2012. Please find below the details in slide show.
Monday, 8th of October 2012
Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio visited the Basilica along with Bishop Joseph Karikkassery (Diocese of Kottapuram), Msgr. Dennis Stanley Kuruppassery (Councilor, Embassy of Vatican, Czech Republic) and with eminent priests from the Diocese of Kottapuram. He spend around 2 hours at Pallipuram.
Rector Fr. Prince Padamattummel and Asst. Vicars and parishioners given them a warm welcome.
In the Basilica, the celebration will be on Saturday,13th of October 2012. Prominent guests including religious, socio-political leaders will attend this celebration conducted by the Church.
His Grace Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nunciature to India will inaugurate the functions during the concluding ceremony of Jubilee celebration of the Diocese of Kottapuram on Sunday, the 7th of October 2012.
All are welcome.
The diocese of Kottappuaram, in its silver jubilee year, has received a gift from Rome with Pope Benedict XVI raising the Our Lady of Snow Church at Pallippuram to the status of a basilica. Basilicas are churches with some particular spiritual or historical significance.
The raising of the Pallippuram church will officially be announced at the conclusion of the silver jubilee celebrations of the diocese on October 7.
The new basilica is the first for the diocese and eighth in Kerala, said a statement issued by the Kottappuram diocese.
The history of the Our Lady of Snow Church goes back five centuries when the Portuguese built a fort at Pallippuram and immediately followed it up with a church dedicated to Our Lady.
Local lore claims that the name Pallippuram evolved out of the church which came to be located here, palli being the Malayalam term for a church.
The original church was built in 1503. It was renovated in 1931 and rebuilt in 2006.
The church came under the diocese of Kochi in 1557 and became a parish in 1577. Kottapuram diocese was formed by bifurcating Varappuzha diocese.
(Courtesy: The Hindu)