12-November-2012 -- EWTNews Feature |

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Marian shrine built for 100,000 inaugurated in Brazil

After more than seven years of work led by Brazilian priest Father Marcelo Rossi, the Mother of God Shrine was inaugurated on Nov. 2 in the Diocese of Santo Amaro in southern Brazil.

"This was a day of great joy," Fr. Rossi told EWTN News. "I worked hard to open the Shrine, and now we will keep on working to get it finished."

More than 50,000 attended the inaugural Mass, including Bishop Fernando Figueiredo of Santo Amaro.

The Shrine, which is still not fully completed, will have room for nearly 100,000 - 20,000 inside and another 75,000 outside the church.

"We don't know yet when construction will be finished. The Shrine is very large and will need constant maintenance," the priest said.

"I hope many people will come to see the new Mother of God Shrine. It is a beautiful place that will welcome all those from near and far who come for Mass."

The Shrine is the work of architect Ruy Ohtake, who is still working on the construction of a 137-foot tall cross that will be visible from various points of the city.

Fr. Rossi also spoke about his pastoral work, saying that what gives him the most joy in his life is evangelizing. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the Van Thuan Solidarity and Development Award on Fr. Rossi as recognition of his ministry, which includes singing, writing and teaching the faith.

Fr. Rossi noted that he is enthusiastically waiting for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Brazil for World Youth Day Rio 2013.

"I am very happy that Brazil and Rio de Janeiro have been chosen. We are a large Catholic country," he said, adding that he hopes "to be able to contribute to WYD in whatever way necessary."

Read more: http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/Americas.php?id=6525#ixzz2C2UnZ274



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