When the cross atop Mount
Royal was first erected in 1924, the Montreal
Gazette described it as “a memorial to the survival of the Canadian people,
whose growth was, in the early struggles, parallel to the growth of the faith
which is represented by the cross.”

It is an historical fact that the beginnings
of modern day Canada were established by explorer Jacques Cartier
when he first set foot in Gaspe in 1534. It is also an historical fact that the
Catholic Church was simultaneously established in Canada when a cross was
erected by Cartier claiming this new land for Christ. On July 7, 1534, the celebration
of the first

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