- May 15, 2021
In the village of Maghdouché, overlooking the ancient Mediterranean coastal city of Sidon, a statue of the Blessed Mother holding the infant Jesus graces the hilltop. It is also the site where holy tradition says Mary waited for her Jesus while he was preaching in Sidon and Tyre, thus the name, “Our Lady of Mantara,” or “waiting.”
Pope Francis has elevated the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Knock to the status of an International Shrine of Eucharistic and Marian Devotion.
Inside, there was nothing massive about the Mass: Just 1,000 people were spaced carefully across the pews of a vast basilica that normally holds 35,000 as the Catholic Church tried to protect parishioners from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Detroit-area chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary and her appearance to children in Europe in 1917 has been declared a local Catholic shrine.
The Marian shrine at Knock announced Aug. 10 that in addition to postponing the popular Knock Novena and pilgrimage because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shrine and its church would be closed for the Aug. 15 feast of the Assumption of Mary to ensure pilgrims do not arrive anyway.
One of the Catholic Church’s holiest sites, Lourdes, is holding its first-ever online pilgrimage on Thursday, to mark the anniversary of claims by 19th-century girl Bernadette Soubirous that the Virgin Mary appeared to her.
A restaurant has closed after more than 50 years at a popular Catholic site in southwestern Illinois.
Bishop William McGrattan dedicated a new 17,000-square-foot Marian shrine May 30, during a Mass that was livestreamed on the Diocese of Calgary’s Facebook page because of the restrictions.