At the eastern end of Canada, the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is located on one of the world’s largest natural harbors; it is considered a gateway to the Atlantic. And just a quick walk from the harbor, one can find the “Gate of Heaven” at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica.
In 1984, John Paul II visited this stately English-French Gothic cathedral, the site of Halifax’s first Catholic church. Already, its granite exterior, quarried by special permission from the Queen’s Quarry, was 110 years old.
The cathedral’s fancy Gothic spires topped with crosses are decorative, but the main soaring center spire reaches 189 feet into the sky and is considered to be the tallest free-standing granite...READ MORE