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WASHINGTON—Asian and Pacific Catholics will hold a one-day celebration of faith and heritage at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, May 19.
The annual Asians for Mary Pilgrimage will mark its 10th anniversary this year. The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a procession with Marian images venerated throughout Asia and the Pacific and a call to prayer followed by the Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Rosary will follow at 2 p.m. with each mystery lead by a different Asian community. At 2:30 p.m. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a multilingual Mass.
The annual Asians for Mary Pilgrimage began in May 2003, organized by the Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees, which is now part of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church (SCDC) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).This year the pilgrimage is sponsored by the Asian Pacific Catholic Network (APC-Network) of the mid-Atlantic Region, in collaboration with the SCDC. The APC-Network is committed to the propagation of the Catholic faith and practices as seen through the eyes of Asian and Pacific immigrants.
As part of its pastoral goal of promoting understanding of cultural diversity in the Church, the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity is producing educational materials on Building Intercultural Competencies for Ministers (BICM) that will continue to support the richness and diversity of Asian Pacific and other ethnic groups present in the Catholic Church in the United States.
The Asian and Pacific Catholics of Metropolitan Washington area invite all Catholics and other religious groups to participate in the Asians for Mary Pilgrimage. Participating communities include Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Indian (Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara rites), Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Montagnard, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Tongan, Thai and Vietnamese Catholics.
For further information, media and others may contact Fred Semendy (703) 472-2032, or Sister Anna Nguyen at (202) 541-3384.
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