Różanystok, Poland - June 2021 - Thousands of faithful, mostly young people, gathered on June 27 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Różanystok for the 40th anniversary of the coronation of the image of Our Lady of the Rosary Help of Christians. Many of them came to Różanystok on foot, taking part in the pilgrimage. The Thanksgiving Mass was presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio in Poland, Msgr. Salvatore Pennacchio, in the presence of the Bishop of Białystok, Msgr. Henryk Ciereszko, the Superior of the Salesian Province of Warsaw, Fr Tadeusz Jarecki, and various concelebrants. For the occasion, Pope Francis sent a special greeting to the faithful, along with his apostolic blessing. At the end of the Mass, the Apostolic Nuncio blessed a new garment of Our Lady of the Rosary, made with precious materials, as homage of the faithful for the intercession and maternal love of Mary Help of Christians. Różanystok has been a place of Marian worship since the 17th century. A special event in the history of the Shrine was the coronation of the image of Our Lady of Różanystok on 28 June 1981. Since 1919, the pastoral and educational service in Różanystok has been carried out by the Salesians of Don Bosco.
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