Florida (Agenzia Fides) - "With Mary let us share the joy of our faith", is the motto for a national Pilgrimage to National Shrine of Our Lady of Trenta Tre on Sunday 11 November. "Every year this pilgrimage is an important event for our communities as they gather at the House of Mary, Mother of our Nation", the Bishops write in a letter calling all Catholic communities in Uruguay take part. The theme this year refers to the final document of 5th General Conference of the Council of Bishops' Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida, which presents Our Lady as a disciple and missionary, "with her faith Mary is the first member of the community of believers in Christ, and she helps the spiritual rebirth of the disciples" (nº 266). "We will put our intentions in the hands of Mary and ask for the Grace to accept the Document of Aparecida, to illuminate us as we walk as disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ so that our people may have live in Him. 'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life ", the Bishops conclude.
The pilgrims will be welcomed at 9am followed by Mass and at 4.30pm there will be a procession with the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The artists of Uruguay offered a floral tribute to Our Lady patroness of Uruguay on 7 November 9 at the National Shrine. This traditional tribute has reached its 13th edition. (RG) (Agenzia Fides 8/11/2007; righe 18, parole 244)