Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pondicherry
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Tamil: தூய இருதய ஆண்டவர் பசிலிக்கா), arranged on the south street of Pondicherry in Puducherry, India, is an oriental example of Gothic engineering. It contains uncommon recolored glass boards portraying occasions from the life of Christ and holy people of the Catholic Church. Lately it has turned out to be one of the well known journey spots for Christians.
In the year 1895, the then Archbishop Mgr.Gandy blessed the Archdiocese of Pondicherry to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He wished to construct another congregation in dedication of Sacred Heart of Jesus. Rev. Fr. Telesphore Welter, the ward minister of Nellithope arranged the structure plan and area cleric of Cathedral Rev. Fr. Fourcaud started the development of the new church in 1902 at the Southern side of Pondicherry.
The gift of the congregation and the main mass was held at the western wing of the present church by Mgr. Gandy on 17, December 1907 and the new ward encompassing this congregation has been built up on 27, January 1908.
The year 2008-2009 was praised as centennial year of establishing of the area. An extraordinary postal stamp and postal envelope were discharged to check the valedictory capacity of the centennial festivals.
Rise to Basilica status.
Ecclesiastical Decree of Elevation to Minor Basilica
These degrees are engraved close to the fundamental passage of the basilica over the stoups
Toward the finish of the Centenary Celebrations on June 2009, a solicitation was put through Telesphore Toppo, President of CBCI, to the Holy See for the height of this congregation to a Basilica.
The Holy See allowed the status of minor basilica to the congregation, with an ecclesiastical brief dated Friday 24 June 2011. This touched base on Friday 29 July 2011 to ecclesiastical overseers house. This was formally reported by Mgr. Antony Anandarayar, Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore on 29 July 2011. The Papal Nuncio to India, Salvatore Pennacchio (Titular Archbishop of Montemarano) visited the basilica on 2 September 2011 and formally pronounced the congregation as a basilica for the sake of the blessed see. At present the basilica is going by Rector Rev.Fr. S. Maria Joseph
This 100 years of age chronicled church is 50 m long, 48 m wide and 18 m high with Latin ritual cross shape in airborne view is in Gothic style. 24 fundamental segments hold the structure. The scriptural refrain from 2 Chronicles 7:16 is composed over the passage entryway in Latin "sanctificavi locum istum, ut sit nomen meum ibi" which signifies "I have blessed this house, my name might be there until the end of time. My eyes and my heart will be there until the end of time.". Inside the congregation there are glass pictures of 28 holy people who were identified with the dedication of Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This 100-year-old church has been driven by twenty ward ministers. The Grotto for Our Lady of Lourdes, Parish Hall, Adoration house of prayer and the new ward network lobby were a portion of the improvement of this congregation since the 1960s. After the entry of area minister Thomas in 2005 the congregation was completely redesigned all around.
Statues of the four evangelists were raised, underneath which there are four light posts portraying their lives and the enticing Jesus and the twelve missionaries on the front exterior. The Grotto for Sacred Heart of Jesus confronting the City Railway Station were included and the congregation enlightened all around with ceiling fixtures, center and flood lights.