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YOu can see a picture of how close the water is at the link below. I wonder if this is the same Cathedral where there were 2,000 pilgrams in Mass.

ANOTHER TSUNAMI 'MIRACLE' AS CATHEDRAL DEDICATED TO ST. THOMAS SURVIVES WAVES

The Indian Catholic reports from Chennai that "the tsunami waves have subsided, but a miracle is being talked about across Chennai. It is the story of how St. Thomas’ miraculous post, as it is known, kept the invading waves away -- sparing the newly renovated Santhome Cathedral."

As the paper points out, the Cathedral -- the world’s second basilica built on an apostle’s tomb -- has been giving shelter to hundreds of tsunami victims ever since the waves ravaged many buildings across the coast.

But even though the killer tsunami waves devastated the Chennai coast, Father Lawrence Raj, the parish priest of the Santhome Cathedral Basilica, says “the sea did not touch our church.”

The reason? “We believe the miraculous post of St. Thomas prevented the sea waters from entering the church,” explains Father Raj.

Notes The Indian Catholic: "The church that sits at the site where St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ, was buried after his death in the year 72 is located a few meters from the sea. While all the buildings on either side of the church were hit by the tsunami waves, the Santhome Cathedral remained unaffected. Local people now say it is the St Thomas’ miraculous post that has kept the sea away on December 26. According to Father Raj, the legend is that when St Thomas planted the post at the top of the steps leading to the Cathedral, he said the sea would not pass that point.

According to the publication, the priest watched from the terrace of the church the angry sea in action, as it surged across the road and inundated huts in front of St. Thomas’ post -- which, it was noted, is an innocuous looking log of wood, mounted on a cement pedestal.

"The belief goes that a village in the Mylapore area was flooded when a huge tree trunk fell across the river. The local king brought a royal pachyderm to lug it away, but the task seemed impossible. Then, according to legend, St. Thomas came along, removed the girdle from his waist and handed it to a bystander and asked him to yank the log with it. He did so and the log was moved easily. A mural in the Cathedral museum illustrates this incident. Father Raj says the current post is believed to be from that same log of wood."

Many survivors who have been staying in the church ever since the tragedy hit them have prayed to St. Thomas for saving them. “It is St. Thomas who has saved me. This church was untouched by the waters because of the miraculous power of the St. Thomas post,” said K. Sebastiraj, a fisherman who sought shelter in the Santhome Cathedral.
http://theindiancatholic.com/news_read.asp?nid=274

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I was unable to find the photograph.
I had also been wondering for some time how badly the Christian communities in India and Sri Lanka might have been affected.
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Where's the photo? A photo speaks a thousand words. Seeing is believing sometimes especially in unbelievable case like this "miracle."

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I wonder if this is the same Cathedral where there were 2,000 pilgrams in Mass.
That was a Shrine to Our Lady of Good Health in a different town. I'll see if I can find the article. The whole town was destroyed, but the water did not enter the shrine.

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I'll see if I can find the article. Tammy
Here are links to two different articles. I saw a picture too but it's not there anymore. I don't know if they removed it or if I saw it elsewhere.
http://www.tfp.org/TFPForum/ourladythequeen/vailankanni.htm
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0407107.htm

I'll try to find the picture. I haven't seen one of the St. Thomas basilica, except for that little tiny one at the top.

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This one has a picture of the front of the shrine to Our Lady, presumably after the tsunami.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4130129.stm

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Dear Tammy,

A beautiful, miraculous Shrine of the Most Holy Mother of God in India - we should all venerate her!

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CLICK ON THAT SECOND PHOTO GALLERY TO THE RIGHT - OH MY - THE PICTURE OF THE WAVE ROLLING IN IS AMAZING.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-tictoc2jan02,1,6988589.story?coll=la-headlines-world&ctrack=1&cset=true

Missing Bishop found helping survivors..
http://www.uspg.org.uk/news2004/newsaut36.htm

Wow, this is a miracle. In Pakastan Christians and Muslims working together to get relief to tsnumi victims http://66.84.49.38/discus/messages/15/7504.html?1105459390

HERE YOU CAN SEE A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE ONE IN THE FIRST POST. i GUESS BY NITE AND THE LIGHTS YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE WATERS ARE, THE LIGHTS ARE REFLECTING IN THEM http://www.theindiancatholic.com/main.asp

This is an interesting site from Canadian Catholics, lots of links and information.
http://www.canadiancatholicradio.ca/discus/messages/15/15.html?1039004162

Like Tammy I have seen different pictures, but this is the best I can find tonight. Thanks Tammy!

Pani Rose


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