» 08/16/2012, 00.00
Vietnamese Catholics celebrate the Assumption at La Vang Marian Shrine
Tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the country's most important Marian shrine. Mgr Girelli, who presided over the Eucharistic celebration, said that religious freedom is the highest value. The first stone for the new cathedral is laid.
Preparations underway for pilgrimage to La Vang
Catholics but also Buddhists visit the shrine which commemorates the 1798 apparition. They seek help from the Mother but also protection for themselves, their families and their children.
A new building for pilgrims opens at the La Vang Marian Shrine
The "House of Pilgrimage" has welcomed almost a thousand faithful per day since mid-July. Despite its traditional hostility to the shrine, the government granted the building permit in a record time.
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.
Half a million Vietnamese Catholics on pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of La Vang
For the Church in Vietnam, this was a major moment of bearing witness that confirms the devotion of the faithful to the Virgin. The leaders of Vietnam's Bishops Conference and Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli were present at the event. The pilgrimage provided an opportunity to revive the missionary commitment based on the theme "Evangelisation of family life."
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Over 55,000 Vietnamese at feast of Our Lady of La Vang, waiting for the Pope
Also present were some bishops and 120 priests from various dioceses in Vietnam. At the conclusion of the Jubilee, January 6 next year, millions of pilgrims are expected from the country and abroad.
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