AFRICA / IVORY COAST – The Marian shrine of Our Lady of Africa, among the sanctuaries connected to the Pope’s Marian prayer
Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) – “This choice is a grace for us Christians in Ivory Coast and in particular for the devotees of Mary; Looking at our sanctuary and praying in communion with the Holy Father, this can only be a joy, especially in these difficult times; And for me it is a wink from the Virgin Mary to tell us that she loves us, “says Fr. Eugène Adingra, Rector of the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Africa, Mother of all the Graces of Abidjan, who was chosen to be part of the sanctuaries that will be directly connected to the Marian prayer today Saturday 30 May, of Pope Francis from the cave of Lourdes, in the Vatican gardens, in communion with the great sanctuaries of the world. The Marian celebration, broadcast live worldwide, is promoted by the Pontifical Council for the promotion of the new evangelization, on the theme “assiduous and agree in prayer, together with Mary (Acts 1:14).”
The largest sanctuaries from all five continents will connect: from Europe, Lourdes, Fatima, San Giovanni Rotondo, Pompeii, Czestochowa; from the United States of America, the Immaculate Conception shrine (Washington D.C.); from Africa, the sanctuary of Elele (Nigeria) and Notre-Dame de la Paix (Ivory Coast); from Latin America, the sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico), Chiquinquira (Colombia), Lujan and Milagros (Argentina).
According to p. Eugène Adingra what motivated this choice of Pope Francis “is simply because the sanctuary bears the name of Africa, it is the Madonna of Africa, Mother of all graces and this sanctuary somehow represents the center of all Africa western. “
“When the news reached us, I announced it to my brothers in the Marianist community and it was a great joy for us. We all blessed the Lord and recited the Magnificat with Mary to say that we bless the Lord for choosing us”, he said Fr Adingra, inviting the faithful to come and live this moment of prayer in communion with Pope Francis, in accordance with the protective measures against COVID-19.
Inaugurated on February 2, 1987, the Marian Shrine of Abidjan, dedicated to Our Lady of Africa, Mother of all Graces, is an important pilgrimage site located in Abidjan, in the municipality of Attécoubé, in Ivory Coast. The pilgrimage site welcomes around 3000 pilgrims per week. (S.S.) (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 30/5/2020)