Special cover and stamp on St Lawrence Minor Basilica of Attur

Special cover and stamp on St Lawrence Minor Basilica of Attur

The postal department will bring out a special cover and stamp to mark the dedication and proclamation of St Lawrence Minor Basilica of Attur near Karkala, on January 18. It will be released in the presence of Udupi Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo.

A press release from Udupi Catholic Diocese said that Pope Francis elevated the shrine of St Lawrence at Attur in Karkala, to the status of a minor basilica on April 26, 2016. The St Lawrence Shrine is the 22nd basilica in India and the second in Karnataka. The St Lawrence Shrine was proclaimed as Minor Basilica, on August 1, 2016.

The annual fair of the church is attended by thousands of people and will be held from January 21 to 26.

Philatelist and curator of Corporation Heritage Museum, Udupi, M K Krishnayya took an initiative to bring out the special cover and stamp.

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