Happy Feast of the Annunciation, readers! The video tells the story of a series of apparitions which took place in Vailankanni in the 16th century. Known as the “Lourdes of the East,” the shrine has been largely overlooked in the West. It is a popular pilgrimage destination in the East, however. Even non-Catholics come to visit it.
The article below includes a few other fun facts about the shrine, which survived the 2005 tsunami in India. I hope you enjoy them, and that you have a blessed Feast Day!
Vailankanni: The Lourdes Of The East (Full Documentary Film)
Our Lady of Velankanni, the “Lourdes of the East” celebrates 50 years
by Santosh Digal
An hour of prayer a day throughout 2012. John XXIII elevated the shrine in Tamil Nadu to basilica, November 3, 1962. During the 2005 tsunami, the “Lourdes of the East” saved the lives of people who were inside.
Velankanni (AsiaNews) – An hour of prayer a day, until December 31, 2012, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of Health in Vailankanni (Tamil Nadu). At the heart of the intentions are interreligious dialogue and ecumenism, but also the health of parishioners, priests, nuns, bishops and benefactors who have dedicated their lives to the development of the “Lourdes of the East” as John Paul II called the sanctuary in 2002.