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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am writing to you from the Monastery of Mary, Mother of God at Jasna Gora, to officially express support for the great pilgrimage of the copy of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Czestochowa.  This image has been venerated unceasingly by people from all over the world at Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, where it is cared for by the Pauline Fathers and Brothers.

Under divine inspiration, pro-life leaders from 18 countries made an "Act of Entrusting to Mary the Protection of the Civilization of Life and Love" before the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Saturday, 28 January 2012.  The same day, Archbishop Stanislaw Nowak of Czestochowa blessed the copy of the miraculous icon designated for the pilgrimage through the world "From Ocean to Ocean"--from Vladivostok to Fatima--in defense of life.  That copy was ceremoniously applied to the original.  In the East, in Russia, the Czestochowa icon was hosted mainly by the Orthodox Church, in the West and in Poland, by the Catholic Church.

Our Churches are united by great reverence and love of Mary, the Mother of God, the cult of the icon, as well as great involvement in the defense of human life and the family.

The route of the pilgrimage "From Ocean to Ocean,"  will cover 18 thousand kilometers and pass through 23 countries.  The Blessed Mother's pilgrimage will go through Poland from 12 to 26 August.  She will be in Jasna Gora on 22 August, the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  From there she will go to Piekary Slaskie and Krakow and then to Bielsko-Biala, where she will be handed over to the Czechs.

The pilgrimage of the Czestochowa icon "From Ocean to Ocean" through the world is an unprecedented historical event and has enormous significance.  I am expressing my great joy and heartfelt gratitude to all those who arranged for Our Lady to travel through the world in the sign of the image of Jasna Gora and to remind everyone of the value and dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

As prior of Jasna Gora I request all believers to receive the Mother of God traveling through the world "From Ocean to Ocean" in the copy of the Czestochowa icon with great reverence in their countries, cities, and villages, but above all in their hearts, declaring themselves on the side of the civilization of life and love.


Fr. Roman Majewski
Prior of Jasna Gora

Jasna Góra 26.07.2012 - on the memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary.

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