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Infant Jesus Church
Infant Jesus Church is a Roman Catholic Church, devoted to Infant Jesus was established in 1971, in Vivek Nagar area of Bangalore.
Infant Jesus Church
It is known as the Infant Jesus Shrine and was built to venerate the historic Infant Jesus of Prague; the foundation of the church was laid on April 18, 1969, by Rev Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore. Thereafter, in May 1971, Rev. Fr. L. Peter after being appointed the first parish priest, brought the statue of Infant Jesus from Sacred Heart Church, Bangalore and started a tent church at the site. Ever since many miracles has been ascribed to the shrine which led to its rising popularity.
The congregation sustained thus for the next eight years, and finally the church building was inaugurated on June 29, 1979, by Rev. Dr. D. S. Lourduswamy, who had then become Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Rome.
The present church building was inaugurated on June 9, 2005, by Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore, and dedicated by Rev. Dr. Pedro López Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to India. It has a fan shaped hall, which seats 2500 people, and was designed by K. Thomas and Associates, Bangalore. The central mural of the church replicates the nativity scene at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
The esteem of the church widened sharply after the miracles of the shrine. The prayer to Infant Jesus is the powerful prayer recited during our hardships. Over the years, the Thursday mass at the church has fully fledged audience and today it is frequented by 10,000 people from various religions, and on the day, the church holds seven masses in different languages.
The annual feast day of the Church is being celebrated on January 14 every year since 1971, with thousands of people who visit the church, while hundreds assembled around it, to watch the ceremonies.