Concelebration of the Eucharist in the large Marquee near the Shrine on 10th May
The newly refurbished Shrine
Bishop Devlin holds the golden chalice presented to the Shrine by Cardinal Tomko
on behalf of Pope John Paul II, after the concelebrated outdoor Mass held on 10th
A short History of the Shrine (Continued)
In time, the Shrine became fully worthy of prayer services. On the eve of his departure
to attend the Second Vatican Council in Rome, Bishop Healy, Bishop of Gibraltar at
the time, celebrated the Holy Eucharist there. This Mass, celebrated on 28th September
1962, was the first one to be held there for two hundred and fifty eight years.
Bishop Rapallo, who succeeded Bishop Healy, consecrated the Shrine on 5th October
1980. He successfully petitioned Rome to establish Our Lady of Europe as Principal
Patroness of Gibraltar, and later to have the feast day of Our Lady of Europe on
the 5th May, the same day as the annual Europe Day.
In 1994, the Government of Gibraltar obtained European funding and partly financed
the expansion and refurbishment of the Shrine. The Shrine's simple architecture,
though refurbished, maintains some Arabic "mosque" features. Once works were completed,
Bishop Bernard Devlin organised the Enthronement of Our Lady of Europe in her newly
embellished Shrine. The Papal Envoy Cardinal Josef Tomko, presided over the outdoor
concelebrated Mass and Enthronement ceremony, held on May 10, 1997.
In 2006, Bishop Charles Caruana, who succeeded Bishop Devlin, accepted a proposal
that the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe be included in the European Marian Network.
In May 2009 during the 700th Anniversary Jubilee celebrations, Pope Benedict XVI
presented the Shrine with the Golden Rose award.
In September 2010, the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe hosted the 2010 Annual Conference
of the European Marian Network.