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Melani Manel Perera
More than 450,000 pilgrims visit Madhu shrine for 15 August
This year, the family as a small church where Christian values are taught is the main theme of the celebrations surrounding Mary’s Assumption. The feast day also marks the end of National Family Week, launched by the Church’s Laity Commission.
23/07/2008 SRI LANKA
Bombings intensify, "Our Lady of Madhu" moved
Fighting and bombings in the area have required the statue of the Virgin Mary to be moved to the bishop's residence. The intensification of the conflict is forcing tens of thousands of refugees to live under the trees and in the jungle.
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.
08/08/2008 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, feast of Assumption canceled for "security reasons"
The bishop of Mannar has called off the celebrations at the shrine of Our Lady of Madhu. The decision was made necessary by the failed agreement between the government and the Tamil Tigers on the creation of a "conflict free zone" around the sacred site.
Pope: in Pompeii to entrust the synod and missionaries to the Virgin Mary
On pilgrimage to the shrine dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary, Benedict XVI speaks of "the role of Mary," who "personifies the people chosen by him to spread his blessing to the entire human family." Recalling the life of Blessed Bartolo Longo, the pope stresses that anti-clericalism and superstition are not lacking in our day.
06/06/2007 SRI LANKA
Marian shrine in Madhu to become ‘peace zone’
In a meeting with Catholic bishops, President Rajapakse accepts Church proposal to guarantee safety to pilgrims visiting the island nation’s most famous Marian shrine. Christians but also Buddhists and Hindus rejoice, hopeful that these words of peace will not remain an empty statement but turn instead into concrete actions.
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