A Marian Shrine for a Diocese in Angola
The Catholic faithful of Angola have a deep love of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a profound devotion to her. Nearly every diocese in Angola has its own Marian shrine.
But the Diocese of Mbanza Congo has no such shrine, even though this impoverished region was the first place in sub-Saharan Africa to witness a Christian baptism, and where its first cathedral was built in 1595.
In 2019, Bishop Vicente Carlos Kiaziku laid the foundation stone for their diocesan Marian shrine; it was to be called the Shrine of Our Lady of Victories. But the COVID-19 pandemic added to an already desperate economic situation and disrupted careful financial planning and construction work, which was then suspended indefinitely.
This project remains dear to Bishop Kiaziku’s heart, as he hopes it will strengthen the identity of Catholics in Angola. The shrine is meant to be a center for retreats and formation activities, as well as a site for pilgrimage, and will help in the maturation of faith. Bishop Kiaziku also says, “It is intended [to be] a symbol of the way in which the faithful can journey with Mary towards Christ and go to meet him together.”
We are proposing a contribution of $21,400 for the project, which we believe will renew faith, hope, and love in the area.
Will you help support Bishop Kiaziku as he builds a new Marian shrine for Angola? We are sure he will remember you in his prayers.
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