Before the Blessed Mother's image, we join the Pope spiritually during his visit to Iraq
Karen Bueno - 9 March, 2021
The Catholic Church all over the world is accompanying the Pope, on his visit to Iraq, through prayer. For the first time ever, this land devastated by war and conflict receives a visit from a Pope.
“I’m here as a penitent pilgrim, to implore forgiveness and reconciliation from our Lord after three years of war and terrorism; to ask God to give comfort to the hearts and heal the many wounds. I also come to you as a pilgrim of peace to say once more: you are all brothers (Mt 23,8″)”, said the Holy Father.
We are rejoicing in our Schoenstatt family since we have two images of the Pilgrim Mother visiting Iraqi families.
Let’s learn a little of their history…
How did those Pilgrim Mother images get to Iraq?
On June 1st, 2016, four images were blessed at the Confidentia Shrine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two of them were taken to Aleppo, Syria, by Sister María de Guadalupe Rodrigo, from the Incarnate Word order.
The other two Pilgrim images were sent to Iraq. They got there through Father Luis Montes, who took full responsibility for them.
Father Luis is Argentinian and belongs to the Word Incarnate Institute as well. He has lived for ten years as a missionary in Iraq and serves as a priest for a church in the city of Erbil, where he has implemented his pastoral and humanitarian support activities. Currently, he has been transferred to Egypt for a year, but he will return to Iraq in the future.
Pilgrim Mothers around the world
These pilgrim images found in the Middle East were given the name “Founding Pilgrim Images” in Argentina. They are sent to places where the Pilgrim Mother Apostolate in non-existent and there is no organized Schoenstatt Movement. The first ones were the taken by another Argentinian missionary from the Word Incarnate to Jabarovsk, a city located in Russia’s extreme eastern region, close to the border with China. Other images were sent to Guatemala, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, and China.
We join them
Accompanying the Pope spiritually during his visit, we join the Iraqi community as we dedicate our prayers on their behalf.
Even though the physical and cultural distance between us is extensive, it is possible to help all those who suffer in these regions through the Capital of Grace, thus providing them with a certain spiritual closeness. With our efforts and daily sacrifices, no matter how small they might be, we can collaborate with the Blessed Mother as She advances through the Middle East distributing the Shrine’s graces to more people and offering her son, Jesus, as the greatest gift and source of comfort.