Thousands of faithful came on pilgrimage to Dongergou, near Taiyuan (Shanxi), to the shrine of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which is celebrated on September 15 in the Church.
This year, in addition to reasons of faith, the faithful were further concerned by news that the local government wants to destroy the solemn door of the sanctuary, called “Heaven’s Gate” because it says that it is too high. Other reports claim the local government’s plan is to build a highway through the area. The statues that adorn the Gate have already been removed, in the name of “sinicization”.
The shrine of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows was built almost a century ago, in 1924. ” Heaven’s Gate” overlooks a long zigzag path on the mountain interspersed with the Stations of the Cross (photo 2). From “Heaven’s Gate ” pilgrims contemplate the sanctuary that partly recalls the structure of the Temple of Paradise in Beijing (photo 4). Every year, on September 15, tens of thousands of pilgrims come from all over China.
One of the faithful explained that the dedication to Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows took place because they wanted to build a shrine to the Virgin Mary and because the mountains around the church are called “of the seven bitternesses”. The church and sanctuary were built to ask God for protection from floods and drought.
The Philippine Senate has begun hearing proposals from various sectors to pass a law to legalize divorce in this predominantly Catholic country.
Two divorce bills pending in the Senate propose a six-month cooling-off period after couples file a petition for divorce as a final attempt at reconciliation between estranged spouses, reported ucanews.com. The agency reported some of the proposed grounds for divorce include physical violence, grossly abusive conduct, drug addiction, habitual alcoholism, chronic gambling, homosexuality, bigamy and infidelity.
Senate President Vicente Sotto said senators are unsure about divorce but may be willing to pass a bill allowing for the dissolution of a marriage. The Philippines is the only country besides Vatican City without a legal provision for divorce.
Naples, Italy, Sep 19, 2019 / 10:06 am (CNA).- The miracle of the liquefiction of the blood of early Church martyr St. Januarius took place Thursday in Naples. The blood was shown to have liquefied shortly after 10 a.m. during Mass in the Naples’ Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary.
The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Archbishop of Naples, who in his homily, strongly criticized the violent crime of Neapolitan streets.
Despite the city’s recurring miracle, “the evil that the hateful and violent killers commit in Naples is limitless,” he said.” In effect they try to kill at birth just the possibility of making a future…” This, he noted, generates fear and insecurity, and goes against the common good.