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PRESS RELEASE Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Pilgrimage in Apulia and Basilicata (Italian regions, April 6 – May 2, 2021).

On November 11, 2020, when Pope Francis blessed the image of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in the Vatican, the pilgrimage of this image began on the occasion of the 190th anniversary of the apparitions to Saint Catherine Laboure. This initiative is promoted by the Congregation of the Mission in Italy in collaboration with the worldwide Vincentian Family.

Beginning on April 6th, the pilgrimage will continue in Apulia and Basilicata.

Today, like 1830, the world is devastated by poverty, violence, and a health and financial crisis. The Blessed Mother invites us to the foot of the altar. After 190 years the Blessed Mother continues to provide for us … and she does so because her love is unwavering. On the night of July 18-19, 1830, the Blessed Mother appeared for the first time to Catherine Labouré, a young Daughter of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. This was a rather lengthy encounter in which the Blessed Mother stated: The times are very evil. Misfortunes afflict France and the entire world will experience misfortunes of every sort … But come to the foot of this altar, there abundant graces will be spread over all those who ask for them with confidence and fervor. They will be given to the great and the small. Then once again, on  November 27th, 1830, the Blessed Mother appeared again to Catherine Labouré, holding in her hands a small globe (representing humankind). Catherine contemplated her beauty and accepted the mission to make a medal: the persons who wear this medal will receive great graces.

The members of the worldwide Vincentian Family, faithful to the Word of God, inspired by the charism which calls them to serve God in the person of the poor and encouraged by this initiative of the Blessed Mother to go on pilgrimage, want to remind us that the Blessed Mother continues to invite men and women to approach the foot of the altar.

Tuesday, April 6, the image will arrive in Lecce, the parish of Santa Maria Dell’ldriq

Wednesday, April 7, will be in the capital of Salento at the Oncology Hospital, Saint John Paul II

Thursday, April 8, will be brought to the house of the Carità F.D.C. and later brought to Brindisi, where it will arrive at the cathedral on April 9th and remain there until, Sunday, April 11.

Monday and Tuesday (April 12-13) will be brought to Ugento, to the cathedral of the Assumption

The following day the image will be transferred to Casarano, to the parish of San Domenico and will remain there until Thursday, April 15.

Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, will arrive in Nardò in the parish of Santa Maróa de la Asunción.

Sunday, April 18th until Thursday, April 22 will be in Giovinazzo, in he house of the Daughters of Charity.

Friday, April 23 the image will be brought to Martano, the arish of Santa María del Rosario, and from there to Maglie, where it will remain in the mother church, the parish of the Presentation of the Lord (April 14-25).

Monday April 26-Tuesday April 27 the image will be transferred to Taranto, to the Immaculate Mary Institute

Wednesday, April 28 will be brought to the Institute Monopoli where it will be display at the Cofradía del Carmine of Ostuni. The imagine will remain in Monopoli until the end of the month in the parish of Regina Pacis.

May 1, the image will arrive in Basilicata, in Lauria and the following day will depart for Naples.

After 190 years, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal continues to watch over humankind and comes, as a pilgrim, to visit and to the meet with the members of the Christian communities spread throughout Italy. Thus, Mary fulfills the promise of love that is contained in her message: I will be remain with you, trust and do not be discouraged.

 

Elena Grazini

Press Office

Vincentian Family

+39 338 190 24 36

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE – Pilgrimage with Mary On the 190th Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Mother to Saint Catherine Labouré

On Wednesday, November 11th, the Holy Father will bless the sacred image of the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in the Vatican in the presence of the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, Father Tomaẑ Mavriĉ, CM and a small delegation of persons responsible for organizing Mary’s pilgrimage to the various communities throughout Italy on the occasion of the 190th anniversary of the apparitions to Saint Catherine Labouré.

In the midst of the difficult situation in which the world finds itself as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the midst of a society marked by conflict and tension on every continent, the spiritual children of Saint Vincent de Paul begin, with this Marian pilgrimage, a journey to proclaim the merciful love of God.

On the night of July 18-19, 1830, the Blessed Mother appeared for the first time to Catherine Labouré, a young Daughter of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. This was a rather lengthy encounter in which the Blessed Mother stated: The times are very evil. Misfortunes afflict France and the entire world will experience misfortunes of every sort … But come to the foot of this altar, there abundant graces will be spread over all those who ask for them with confidence and fervor. They will be given to the great and the small. On November 28, 1830, the Blessed Mother appeared again to Catherine Labouré, holding in her hands a small globe (representing humankind). Catherine contemplated her beauty and accepted the mission to make a medal: the persons who wear this medal will receive great graces.

Pilgrimage with Mary on the 190th anniversary of the
apparitions of the blessed mother to saint Catherine Laboure

Today, the world is deeply troubled. Poverty is spreading and has become more accentuated as a result of the pandemic. On November 15th we will celebrate the Fourth World Day of the poor, with the theme, stretch forth your hand to the poor. In his message for that day, Pope Francis wrote: The present experience has challenged many of our assumptions. We feel poorer and less self-sufficient because we have come to sense our limitations and the restriction of our freedom. The loss of employment, and of opportunities to be close to our loved ones and our regular acquaintances, suddenly opened our eyes to horizons that we had long since taken for granted. Our spiritual and material resources were called into question and we found ourselves experiencing fear. In the silence of our homes, we rediscovered the importance of simplicity and of keeping our eyes fixed on the essentials. We came to realize how much we need a new sense of fraternity, for mutual help and esteem

The members of the worldwide Vincentian Family, faithful to the Word of God, inspired by the charism which calls them to serve God in the person of the poor and encouraged by this initiative of the Blessed Mother to go on pilgrimage, want to remind us that the Blessed Mother continues to invite men and women to approach the foot of the altar.

In his message on the occasion of the Missionary Vocations Festival, the Superior General, Father Mavriĉ, recalled the following words of Saint Vincent which the Congregation of the Mission has recently reflected upon: our vocation is to go not to one parish, not just to one diocese, but all over the world (CCD:XII:215). He then went one to say: I hope that these words of Saint Vincent help us to revitalize our foundational vocation as missionaries and to do this from the perspective of our universality and internationality.

Today, one hundred ninety years later, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal continues to watch over humankind and engages in this pilgrimage in order to visit and meet with the ecclesial communities throughout Italy, thus fulfilling the promise of love that is contained in her message: I will always be with you, trust, do not be discouraged.

Our Lady will begin this pilgrimage on Tuesday, December 1 and will continue through November 22, 2021, with the following schedule:

12/01/2020 – 01/01/2021: Lacio, Marche, Umbría

01/02/2021 – 02/03/2021: Campania

02/04/2021 – 02/28/2021: Calabria

03/01-2021 – 03/31/2021: Sicilia

04/01/2021 – 04/30/2021: Apulia, Basilicata and Bbruzzo

05/01/2021 – 05/31/2021: Toscana and Liguria

06/01/2021 – 06/30/2120: Piamonte and Lombardia

09/12/2021 – 10/13/2021; Emilia Romagana and Treveto

10/19/2021 – 11/22/2021: Cerdeña

Through means of this Missionary and Marian initiative, the coordinating group of missionaries, members of the Congregation of the Mission, under the leadership of Father Valerio Di Trapani, are promoting the spread of evangelization material: a pocketbook on Saint Catherine Labouré (Vincentian Liturgical Center), a pocketbook on the Miraculous Medal (Vincentian Liturgical Center), the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Novena Prayers (Vincentian Liturgical Center), the liturgy for receiving the image of Our Lady, pamphlets about the Vincentian Family in Italy, banners about the event, and articles on the Miraculous Medal.

The various branches of the Vincentian Family, parishes and other ecclesial institutions are invited to participate in this Marian pilgrimage that will last for three days (fulfilling all health requirements that have been established as a result of COVID-19). Events will include: celebration on receiving the image, eucharistic celebration, celebration of Mercy, Marian-Vincentian catechesis, meeting with children, youth and adults, prayer for vocations, Marian cenacles in the homes of the poor and the infirm (nursing homes and drop-in centers), financial initiatives to support the Vincentian missionary works.

Elena Grazini

Press Office

Vincentian Family

+39 338 190 24 36

elena@elenagrazini.it

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