Those readers who read James Preece, John Smeaton or various others will know about this extraordinary pro-life initiative: a world-girdling pilgrimage with a huge icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa: to whit, 18,000
miles from Vladivostok across Russia and Europe to Fatima. Devotion to Our Lady under this title is common to Orthodox and Catholic in central Europe and Russia, so this is an ecumenical venture. Unlike conventional ecumenism, based on the lowest common denominator (don't mention the saints! don't mention Mary! don't mention the English martyrs! keep religious art out of it!) this is based on something highly distinctive, important, and true, which Catholics have in common with the Orthodox, who are displaying great energy and resourcefulness
in combating a problem which we have here, but which is in fact even worse in post-Soviet Russia: abortion and the destruction of the family.
The icon has now been through Russia and Poland, and is heading this way: it arrives in Great Britain.
She will be here very soon - look at the itinerary
and decide where you will meet with her to entrust marriage and the family to the Mother of God.
||Dover, Canterbury, London (Westminster Cathedral)
|| London (Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Chiswick)
|| Walsingham, National Shrine of Our Lady
|| Birmingham, St Chad’s Cathedral
|| Manchester (St Anthony’s Church, Wythenshawe)
|| Edinburgh, Cathedral
|| Carfin, National Shrine to our Blessed Lady
|| Glasgow, St. Andrew’s Cathedral
|| Icon Departs for Ireland|
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