Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Beaumont's St. Anthony Cathedral To Become a Basilica

I woke up this morning to some exciting news from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI has granted the beautiful St. Anthony Cathedral in Beaumont a minor Basilica status. The Beaumont Enterprise reports:

Pope Benedict has granted St. Anthony Cathedral in Beaumont minor basilica status, joining only three other Texas churches with that designation, according to a news release.

"This is an honor and a blessing not only for our Catholics, but also for all the people of Southeast Texas," Bishop Curtis Guillory said in a news release. "Many have come to the cathedral for worship, especially in times of crisis like 9-11 and Hurricane Rita, and for special ecumenical services."

The basilica status means the Vatican recognizes the cathedral's artistic and historical significance as well as its importance in the liturgical and pastoral ministry of the Beaumont Catholic Diocese.

"This beautiful designation links us even more closely to the Chair of Peter," Guillory said. "Basilica comes from a Greek word meaning 'hall of the King.' This is the place where our King and Savior, Christ, is worshiped."


And, here are some pictures of the Basilica:

Mark M. Hancock
© The Beaumont Enterprise

Mark M. Hancock
© The Beaumont Enterprise

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