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‘Queen of Peace’ attracts thousands to Mount Mary

Sept. 9, 2013

At a solemn service held to honour the birthday of Mother Mary on Sunday, the Archbishop of Bombay, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, described Our Lady as the "Queen of Peace who makes us disciples of Jesus". The special mass celebrating the Feast was held at Mount Mary Basilica in Bandra at 11.00am. Around 1,500 Catholics and non-Catholics who attended the service in love and devotion, upholding a time-honoured tradition, were touched by the sincere prayer.

The ambassador of the Vatican to India, papal nuncio Salvatore Pennacchio as well as Cardinal Gracias prayed for peace in the Middle East. "Their thoughts were with the sufferings of Syria and Egypt," said Fr Aniceto Pereira of Mount Mary. Beginning 5.30am, all services were packed to capacity with "not an inch of space" to spare. Local resident Desmond D'Souza said throngs of people came for 'darshan' and the Bandra Fair, yet police and civic authorities managed well.

Meanwhile, all week, East Indian parishes have been organising novenas and 'palkhi' processions to Velankanni Church, Irla, Holy Cross, Kurla, and Our Lady of Good Health, Uttan. Mother Mary's statue was led through the villages of Culbavor, Naupada, Old Kurla and Hall Village by 5,000 people. Vasai witnessed grand celebrations as well.

Thousands of worshippers from Mumbai, Vasai and Bhayander visit the shrine of Velankanni in Tamil Nadu for the September 8 feast.

Source: Times of India

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