Saintly Presence at the Verapoly Archbishop’s House
Evoking benedictions of divine grace, three saints of the Universal Catholic Church had set foot at the Verapoly Archbishop’s House at Ernakulam, Kochi.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II and is widely known as the Apostle of Consecration of Mary, had visited Verapoly Archdiocese on June 26-27, 1932, during the reign of Archbishop Angel Mary Perez Cecelia OCD. Saint Pope John Paul II canonized him in October 1982, declaring him a martyr of charity.
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II himself had visited the Verapoly Archbishop’s House in February 1986, during his first pastoral visit to India. On arriving in Kochi on February 7, Pope John Paul addressed a gathering of the heads of various Christian denominations and the leaders of various non-Christian communities here, and resided at the Archbishop’s House next night. He imparted his Apostolic blessings on the Centenary celebrations of the Archdiocese at St. Francis Assisi Cathedral. On February 9th he left Kochi after having breakfast at the Archbishop’s House.
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta had visited the Archbishop’s House on various occasions, mostly during the reign of Archbishop Dr. Joseph Kelanthara and Archbishop Dr. Cornelius Elanjikal. Statues of the three saints were blessed by His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Francis Kallarakal, Metropolitan Archbishop of Verapoly at St. Francis Assisi Cathedral during thanks-giving ceremonies.