Pilgrims from Tamil Nadu leave for Katchatheevu for Church consecration ceremony

Chennai [India], Dec. 23 : In Tamil Nadu, hundred pilgrims left for Katchatheevu to participate in the consecration ceremony of St Antony Church the island from Ramesaram today morning.

The pilgrims including fishermen left in three boats. The Christian pilgrims including fishermen led by Verkodu St Joseph's church Parish priest Father Sagayaraj left for Katchatheevu today morning.

The consecration ceremony of the St Antony Church in the uninhabited island of Katchatheevu is expected to start at 9 in the morning.

The consecration ceremony which was to be held on 7th of this month was postponed following the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi Jayalaithaa.

At first only 20 persons were given the clearance to go to Katchatheevu . Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow 100 pilgrims to participate in the consecration ceremony.

Following which the External Affairs Ministry gave permission to 100 pilgrims to visit Katchatheevu .

Source: ANI