Congregation for Divine Cult
and Discipline of the Sacraments
At the request of His Excellency, the Right Rev. Peter Remigius, Bishop of Kumbakonam, in his letter 19th June 1999 expressing the wishes of the clergy and faithful, the congregation for divine cult and discipline of the sacraments, by the power of the special faculties given to it by the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II grants to the parish sanctuary of the blessed Virgin Mary, dedicated to Our Lady of Poondi, the title and dignity of Minor Basilica with all the rights and liturgical privileges accorded to it in conformity with the degree regarding the title of Minor Basilica issued on the 9th of November 1989.
Not withstanding anything to the contrary, given at the residence of the congregation for divine cult and discipline of the sacraments on the 3rd day of august 1999.
Francis Pius Tamburrion