Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont, Texas, the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont.
The building was constructed as the first Catholic Church of Beaumont, Texas beginning in 1903. It then underwent many restorations. On July 11, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI recognized its liturgical and historical significance by proclaiming it a Minor Basilica. Its elaborate bell, cast in Padua, Italy, is housed within a hand-carved gilded wooden Italian stanchion decorated with the Papal Keys and Tridendum (Papal Crown), common symbols of the Pope and his pastoral ministry. Also decorating this bell stanchion are three lilies that symbolize St. Anthony’s purity, the Gospel Book and flame symbolizing the preaching of St. Anthony, and four wheat stalks symbolizing the charity of St. Anthony, who fed the poor.
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