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Père Laval's Church and Shrine

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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Referred to as the Lordes of the Indian Ocean, the man this shrine is for was given the additional title of ‘The Saint of Mauritius’. Père Laval arrived on the island in 1841 as a missionary, but ended up being more of a campaigner for improved living conditions for the poor and slaves and fought for the abolition of slavery. Because of his big heart he’s attributed with turning 67,000 souls to Christianity in the 23 years he lived in Mauritius. Pope John Paul II made him a saint in 1979.

Père Laval died in 1864 and buried in the graveyard of the Church of Sainte Croix, and his grave has become a place of pilgrimage. So many Catholics travel here that an effigy to the man has been constructed and placed over his tomb for the thousands of visitors to touch and pray over.

Every year the whole island comes out in a procession to celebrate Laval’s Fest day on the 9th of September, the anniversary of his death.

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