» 02/11/2008, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Thousands celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lanka, in spite of the bombs
At least 7-8,000 faithful in Tewatta, at the national basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary. There is great fear of travelling after the many attacks, but the desire to come here was greater, for the annual commemoration of the miracle that saved the country from the world war. And to ask for a new miracle.
12/08/2008 SRI LANKA
Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu reopened after minesweeping
There will be no solemn celebrations on August 15, but from August 12-17 groups of 200 pilgrims will be able to visit the shrine. The army has swept an area around the church for mines, but the zone is still dangerous.
10/08/2007 SRI LANKA
After a year of violence the road to the sanctuary of Our Lady of Madhu reopens
The government had closed the road for security reasons. Thousands of pilgrims are expected for the feast of the Assumption. Colombo and Tamil tigers promise to “avoid clashes” in the area.
13/05/2008 SRI LANKA
Military to allow the return of the statue of Our Lady of Madhu
Sri Lanka’s army accepts bishop’s request to demilitarise a 2.5 area around the shrine. In a few weeks, after the area has been cleared of mines and the temple repaired, the statue will come back in time for the Feast of the Assumption, an important moment of unity for both Tamils and Sinhalese.
Feast of the Assumption: prayers for peace and northern refugees
Catholics slam the “commercial and propaganda” use of the event by the government. The authorities have organised transportation to facilitate the pilgrimage by southerners, but have prevented displaced people from leaving their ‘welcome centres’. The Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu must be a symbol of unity for the country.
31/08/2009 SRI LANKA
Our Lady of Tewatta welcomes pilgrims and the sick in search of a blessing
Thousands of pilgrims visit the Our Lady of Lanka shrine, including about a thousand sick people. The tradition goes back 68 years, attracting worshippers from around the country, Sinhala and Tamil, as well as some Buddhists.
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