Page 7, 20th September 1957

20th September 1957
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Page 7, 20th September 1957 — Basilica Of St. Pius nears Completion

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Basilica Of St. Pius nears Completion

TH E underground Basilica of St. Pius X, now being built in Lourdes and capable of holding 20,000 people at a time, will be dedicated on March 25, 1958, it has been announced by Mgr. Thea s, Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes.

Bishop Theas said that March 25 was the date picked because it will be exactly 100 years after the date when Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette and told her her name: "I am the Immaculate Conception ".

The construction of the Basilica, said the Bishop, could not have gone on so quickly if it had not been for the generous donations of Catholics from all over the world.

One group. the people of the Wallis and Futuna Islands, near Samoa, contributed about $5,000 to the building fund.

When someone showed surprise that the islanders, who are very poor. could contribute so much, he was told that. " It is because it is for the Blessed Virgin,"

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