Denver Newsroom, Jul 21, 2022 / 15:52 pm
Bishop Onécimo Alberton of Rio do Sul, Brazil, on July 15 dedicated and blessed a new Marian shrine with a large statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and a metal frame cross. The statue is larger than the iconic image of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
The new Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and of Praise is located in Ituporanga in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.
“On this mountain, the artistic work portrays a passage from the Gospel of St. John, of Mary next to the cross of Jesus. Now, it is presented to the city that is before us, to all those who pass by and to the whole world,” the prelate said.
The shrine’s Facebook page said that local authorities, professionals who participated in the construction project, and other guests attended the inauguration. The next day the complex was opened to the general public.