Shrine International Shrine It was on the 4 th of September 1998 the Kurisumudy became an Archdiocesan Shrine by the declaration of the Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly. After 6 years on 11th February 2004 Vatican declared Kurisumudy as an International Shrine of St. Thomas. Its official inauguration took place on 13 th February 2005, by Archbishop Pedro Lopez Kindwana, Apostolic Nuncio in India. There was a great gathering on that day at the foot of Kurisumudy. At present this is the only International Shrine in India. What is an International Shrine? A shrine is the church, or a place where the faithful gather for intercessory prayer; receive blessings and graces from God. There are 3 types of shrine in the Church The first is Diocesan Shrine, a shrine governed and controlled by a diocesan Bishop. The, second is National Shrine, known in the National level. The third one is, the International Shrine. It has world wide status. Vatican approves and declare an International Shrine before is known so.Malayattoor Kurisurnudy, in this respect, is a shrine, which has a worldwide dimension and status. This status is given by Vatican by a decree.