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WASHINGTON—Asian and Pacific Catholics will hold the annual Marian Pilgrimage Saturday, May 11. This one-day pilgrimage is a celebration of faith and heritage held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington and is open to everyone.
The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a procession with many of the Marian images venerated throughout Asia and the Pacific. This is followed by a call to prayer and the Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Rosary will follow at 2 p.m. with each mystery lead by a different Asian community. The climax of the celebration is a multilingual Mass, at 2:30 p.m., celebrated by His Excellency, Bishop Barry C. Knestout, Archdiocese of Washington.
Participating communities include Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Lebanese, Indonesian, Indian (Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara rites), Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Montagnard, Pakistani, Samoan, Sri Lankan, Tongan, Thai and Vietnamese Catholics.
As in previous years the pilgrimage is sponsored by the Asian Pacific Catholic Network (APC-Network) of the mid-Atlantic Region, in collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat on Cultural Diversity. The APC-Network is committed to sharing the Catholic faith expressed in the cultures and languages of Asian and Pacific immigrants.
The Secretariat on Cultural Diversity also works towards the pastoral goal of promoting understanding of cultural diversity in the Church. One aspect of this is training pastoral leaders on Building Intercultural Competencies for Ministers (BICM) which supports 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 Asian Pacific for Mary Pilgrimage. For further information, media and others may contact Fred Semendy (703) 764-1450, or Sister Anna Nguyen at (202) 541-3384.
Keywords: Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB, U.S. bishops, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Church, Asian and Pacific Catholics, Marian Pilgrimage, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bishop Barry C. Knestout, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Lebanese, Indonesian, Indian (Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara rites), Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Montagnard, Pakistani, Samoan, Sri Lankan, Tongan, Thai, Vietnamese
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