Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — As three choirs sang a modern-day arrangement of the “Memorare” together May 11, a Vietnamese father, mother and daughter in traditional “ao dai” attire walked reverently to the front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington and placed an ornate crown on the statue of Mary to the left of the altar.
“She is indeed a pillar of faith,” Msgr. Vito A. Buonanno, the shrine’s director of pilgrimages, remarked afterward. “We come as a people … diverse, yet united. … On this day in Mary’s house, we give her honor.” Read more »