Virgin Mary, Patron of Brazil, to Be Enthroned in Slovakia

Image Is Copy of Our Lady of Aparecida

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APARECIDA, Brazil, JAN. 16, 2012 ( The archbishop of Aparecida will participate this week in the enthronement of an image of Our Lady of Aparecida in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis and the rector of the national shrine of Aparecida, Father Darci Jose Nicioli, will witness the enthronement of their national patron in the church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

Our Lady of Sorrows is the patroness of Slovakia.

The invitation for the enthronement was made to Cardinal Damasceno by the archbishop of Bratislava, Stanislav Zvolenský, and by the ambassador of Brazil in Slovakia, Marilia Sardemberg.

The shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida is the second biggest basilica in the world. The image is a statue that, according to tradition, was discovered by fishermen in 1717.

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