April 26, 2016

2494 CANADA (Quebec) - Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is a  Roman Catholic minor basilica on Westmount Summit, and the largest church in Canada. In 1904, Saint André Bessette, member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, began the construction of St. Joseph, a small chapel on the slopes of Mont Royal near Notre Dame College. In 1917 a larger church was completed. In 1924, the construction of the basilica of Saint Joseph's Oratory was commenced; it was finally completed in 1967. Father Paul Bellot, an architect, completed the dome, the third-largest of its kind in the world, between 1937 and 1939.

The basilica is dedicated to Saint Joseph, to whom Brother André credited all his reported miracles. On display in the basilica is a wall covered with thousands of crutches from those who came to the basilica and were purportedly healed. Pope John Paul II deemed the miracles to be authentic and beatified Brother André in 1982. In October 2010 Pope Benedict XVI canonized the saint. A reliquary in the church museum contains Brother André's heart. More than 2 million visitors and pilgrims visit the Oratory every year.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of a series of five definitive stamps, Baby Wildlife, about which I wrote here.

Saint Joseph's Oratory - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise 
Sent from Montreal (Quebec / Canada), on 15.09.2015

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