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VIRGIN MARY'S TRIP AROUND WORLD ENDS IN NAZARETH

    NAZARETH, JAN 10 (ZENIT).- The pilgrimage of the statue of Our Lady of Nazareth ended in the Holy Land yesterday. Her long journey began in Nazareth on March 8, 1998, on the occasion of International Woman's Day.

    The remarkable statue, which represents a very young pregnant Mary, was sculptured by Gregory Misner and crowned by John Paul II. Over the past two years, the statue was venerated in 35 countries around the world, by millions of faithful in preparation for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000.

    The statue arrived in Bethlehem on December 24, for the proclamation of the Holy Year. After a brief stay in Jerusalem, the statue finally arrived "home" in Nazareth, according to Capuchin Fr. Giovanni Maria Leonardi, who organized this worldwide Marian pilgrimage.

    After participating yesterday in the consecration of Nazareth and the entire Holy Land to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Fr. Leonardi is returning to his monastery in Italy to write a book on his trip around the world with Mary's statue. The highlights of the pilgrimage will be recorded in a video-cassette. ZE00011003

          

January 11, 2000
volume 10, no. 7
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