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Thousands of Catholics expected in Benin to honour Virgin Mary


Cotonou – Thousands of Roman Catholics from Africa and Europe are expected on Thursday to arrive at Dassa-Zoume, Benin, to participate in the 61st edition of annual pilgrimage at La Grotte Marial Notre Dame.

The President of Benin’s Episcopal Conference, Bishop Antoine Ganye, said the 2015 pilgrimage edition in honour of the Virgin Mary would be presided over by Cardinal Robert Sarra from the Vatican.

He said during the event that would run from Aug. 21 to Aug. 23, Sarra would preside over a major mass.

This, according to Gayne, is to pray for peace in all African countries and others across the world that are affected by terrorism.

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Cotonou Archbishop Louis Parisot after the appearance of Virgin Mary at La Grotte Marial Notre Dame in Arigbo in 1954, suggested the site should be set aside for the meeting of Catholics.

This is especially for those who cannot afford to go to Rome or Lourdes in France.

For the last 61 years, Catholics from Africa and Europe, have been meeting in Dassa Zoume to pray to the Virgin Mary. (Xinhua/NAN)

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