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Our Lady of Europe

The people of today are nomadic, not just in their ideas but also physically. They travel a lot. But the nomad also requires reference points. In the desert we need to know where to find water holes.

 

This is as true for the Christian as for everyone else. This is why, today, pilgrimages and Sanctuaries are so important; they are resting places and an oasis in a busy world which can, so often, be a spiritual desert. Each Sanctuary has its own particular atmosphere. Pilgrims find a source of enrichment in one Sanctuary or another.

 

The European Marian Network links twenty Sanctuaries the same as the number of decades in the Rosary. Many of them are situated behind the former «Iron Curtain».  Almost every European country is represented in the European Marian Network. The best known Sanctuary of each country was chosen.  Under different titles, the Blessed Virgin Mary is venerated in every country in different ways and by different Christian confessions. May Mary help nations to grow in union with each other and bring unity between all Christians.

 

The European Marian Network was formed in 2003 with the encouragement of Rome. The Sanctuary Animators from the members of the Network meet each year to get to know each other better and, above all, to understand better the needs of the millions of pilgrims and visitors who frequent these Sanctuaries.

 

In 2006, the late Bishop Caruana accepted a proposal that the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe be included in the European Marian Network. Close ties are kept with other National Marian Shrines spread across Europe. We therefore promote their testimony and echo their message.

 

Links to Network Members:

- ALTOTTING (Germany)

- BANNEUX (Belgium)

- BREZJE (Slovenia)

- CSIKSOMLYO (Romania)

- CZESTOCHOWA (Poland)

- EINSIEDELN (Switzerland)

- FATIMA (Portugal)

- GIBRALTAR (Gibraltar)

- KNOCK (Ireland)

- LEVOCA (Slovakia)

- LORETO (Italy)

- LOURDES (France)

- MARIAPOCS  (Hungary)

- MARIAZELL (Austria)

- MARIJA BISTRICA (Croatia)

- MELLIEHA (Malta)

- VILNIUS (Lithuania)

- WALSINGHAM (United

Kingdom )

 

- ZARAGOZA (Spain)

- ZARVANYZIA (Ukraine)

E.M.N.
European Marian Network

In September 2010, the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe hosted the 2010 Annual Meeting of the European Marian Network.

Pictures show Rectors and other Delegates on the first day of the Marian Conference in Gibraltar.

The European Marian Network