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What’s beneath our Cathedral

Bernie Maharaj gestures as Fr Martin Sirju shines a torchlight into the burial chamber

We are living in the here and now, but do we think of who and what went before? Copy editor/writer Simone Delochan begins an ongoing series on Church history, starting with the Mother Church.

It felt like the start of an adventure. It perhaps is. And I was a conservatively clad Lara Croft.
I’m not sure how many people are aware of the old crypt that runs under the altar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Of the new crypt behind the altar, which holds the remains of Blessed Anthony Pantin and Bishop John Mendes, there is greater familiarity. This is an open and comforting space, not unlike the man I remembered Archbishop Pantin to be. The old crypt, imaginatively however, held the promise of mystery, darkness, dust, skeletons, and a tangible taste of the Cathedral and Archdiocese’s history.

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