29 September 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 08/14/2004, 00.00

    POPE - LOURDES - VATICAN

    A Papal rose in tribute to the "Queen" of joy and sorrow



    Lourdes (AsiaNews/CWN) – Upon arriving in the Sanctuary of Lourdes John Paul II will greet the sick and then confer one of the rarest papal honours on the statue of Our Lady in the Massabielle grotto: a golden rose.

    The tradition dates back to the 11th century, a time when Pontiffs offered kings and princes a golden rose.

    The rose was made by expert goldsmiths using the finest gold and, as some historians claim, often melted down to fill the royal treasury.

    The practice of giving this honour to temporal rulers declined in recent decades. The last royal personage to receive it was the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg in 1956.

    Popes did however continue bestowing golden roses on Catholic shrines around the world.

    John Paul II himself conferred it on Marian sanctuaries in Czestochowa, in Poland, and Loreto, in Italy.

    His devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes goes back a long way. As Karol Woityla he made his first journey to the shrine in 1947 soon after his priestly ordination. He returned in August 1983 as John Paul II.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    14/08/2004 pope - lourdes
    Pope: suffering is not useless. It is an offering for the world
    An analysis of the Papal first day in Lourdes, among pain, prayers, care for the world.

    14/08/2004 pope - lourdes
    The Pope : Pray the rosary for vocations to the priesthood and religious life


    13/08/2004 POPE - LOURDES - INDIA
    Gunadala, India's Lourdes


    14/08/2004 POPE - LOURDES
    Lourdes: a past rich in devotions and pilgrimages (profile)


    15/08/2004 POPE - LOURDES
    Lourdes: an exhausted Pope, "Ferragosto" and the Olympic Games




    Editor's choices

    ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM
    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)



    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    CHINA-VATICAN
    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®