» 12/29/2011, 00.00
Our Lady of Velankanni, the "Lourdes of the East" celebrates 50 years
An hour of prayer a day throughout 2012. John XXIII elevated the shrine in Tamil Nadu to basilica, November 3, 1962. During the 2005 tsunami, the "Lourdes of the East" saved the lives of people who were inside.
Tribal Mundari begin Lent with a pilgrimage to India's 'Black Lady'
People from Blessed Mother Teresa Parish in Siadih are planning to travel to the Dhori Matha Shrine to ask for Mary's intercession during this liturgical period. The holy place holds a black wooden statue depicting the Virgin, found in 1956 by a Hindu woman in a coalmine.
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.
Thousands of pilgrims to the "Lourdes of the East" pray for life, against euthanasia
On the occasion of the World Day of the Sick, faithful of every religion and social class are visiting the basilica of Our Lady of Health in Tamil Nadu. Fr. Xavier, rector of the basilica says, that "every form of human life" should be defended, even if it is marked by suffering or affected by disability. Pilgrims are contributing money for victims of anti-Christian violence in Orissa.
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First steps to rebuild the shrine of La Vang
Architects and firms have draft plans for what will be the National Centre for Marian pilgrimages, with the largest church in the country. Built in 1798, the sanctuary was destroyed and rebuilt several times, sharing the fate of Vietnamese Catholics, who go there every year by the hundreds of thousands.
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