Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-07-16 16:47 Udupi: Proclamation and dedication of St Lawrence Minor Basilica at Attur Karkala will be held on August 1, said Fr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi Diocese. Pope Francis has elevated this shrine into a ‘minor Basilica’ through a decree on April 26, 2016. This is being considered as the historic event in Udupi Diocese. Fr Denis D’Sa said the shrine is a sanctuary of blessings, favours, reconciliation, peace, and communal harmony. Four Cardinals of India, archbishops, bishops and priests from Udupi, Mangaluru and neighbouring dioceses will participate. The Holy Mass will begin at 10 am. Udupi district in-charge minister Pramod Madhvaraj, Minister for Forests Ramanath Rai, MLA Sunil Kumar, Parliamentarians Shobha Karandlaje, Oscar Fernandes, Kaup MLA, Vinay Kumar Sorake, JR Lobo, MLA Mangaluru, MLC Ivan D’Souza and former legislator Gopala Bhandary will be present.