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Hindu nationalist BJP leader LK Advani prays at Marian shrine
On the feast day of the Holy Name of Mary, the political leader placed a garland of red flowers, plus two candles at the foot of the statue of the Virgin. Since the start of September, 15,000 pilgrims have visited the shrine, only 30 per cent Christian. “The devotion of Our Lady transcends religious boundaries,” said Basilica vice rector.
Hindus and Christians celebrate one hundred years of Our Lady of the Mount
Marian devotion overcomes religious barriers in India
People of all religions flock to Mary, so much so that 80% of the pilgrims to Marian shrines are non-Catholics, including Muslims. On the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, AsiaNews speaks with an expert in the scriptures, Fr. Errold Fernandes, to understand this phenomenon of interfaith harmony.
Millions of pilgrims on foot towards the Lourdes of the East
Each year, over 5 million faithful visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Vailankanni. Over 3 million of these undertake the journey between August 29th and September 8th to celebrate the Blessed Virgin, despite the searing heat and distance.
Marian shrine of Melathurai destroyed
Unknown assailants attacked the place of worship dedicated to the Virgin overnight. Damaged by the 2004 Tsunami, the building had just been fully repaired.
05/09/2012 INDIA - SRI LANKA
Tamil Nadu, 184 Sri Lankan pilgrims attacked at the "Lourdes of the East"
To prevent serious violence, the Indian police returned the Christians in their own country. The attackers were militants demanding the creation of an independent Tamil state. Local sources tell AsiaNews: "This is a message to the Sri Lankan government, but the situation has worsened." For many it was the first pilgrimage to Our Lady of Vailankanni.
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