- Aug 12, 2020
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.
English Catholics rededicated their country as Mary’s Dowry “in the eye of the storm” of the coronavirus pandemic.
Noting that the Church is “ever ancient and ever new,” the rector of Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham said the March 29 rededication of England as the “Dowry of Mary” will help the country face “the personal and national challenges of our day.”