SACRAL TOURISM: Pilgrims flood to small town, The Assumption of Mary

  • 2008-07-30
  • By Talis Saule Archdeacon
RIGA - On Aug. 15, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will flock to a small agricultural town in eastern Latvia. They will come from the farthest corners of the Baltic states, Poland and Belarus. They will come to pray, and they will come to be healed. The village of Aglona 's 40 kilometers northeast of Daugavpils, Latvia's second largest city 's is home to the most important Catholic church in the country. Every year, on the day of the Assumption of Mary, the Basilica of Our Lady of Aglona welcomes thousands of visitors. "There will be more than 250,000 people [on Aug. 15]," said Vale...
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