All were astonished by the huge crowds of the faithful, who for half the night were standing in a huge queue in front of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Daugavpils to individually pay respects to the Mother of God. In the morning, on the second day of the Latvian peregrination on July 29, the icon visited another parish in the city.
After several hours of waiting at the Belarusian-Latvian border, the Czestochowa icon arrived in Latvia as planned on July 28, in the company of Fr. Andrew Steckiewicz of Minsk. Orthodox Archpriest Pawel Serdiuk, coordinator of the pilgrimage in Belarus, was especially helpful in facilitating the border crossing.
Several hundred young people from all the Catholic dioceses of Belarus came to Ivianiec on July 27 for the meeting of Catholic Youth of Belarus. This year the theme of the meeting is: "I am a knight of the Gospel" in reference to the 90th anniversary of the visit to Grodno by St. Maximilian Kolbe, who is a patron of Belarusian youth.
On Wednesday, July 25 the Czestochowa icon arrived from Sum - eastern Ukraine to Kiev. Our Lady is in Ukraine at the invitation of the Orthodox Metropolitan Vladimir Moscow Patriarchate.
At approx. 15:00 for the first time organized in Kiev, a car rally in defense of life started. It was attended by approximately 40 cars and about 80 people who have for years been involved in the defense of life.