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Our Lady of Arabia
Monday, 18 January 2021

Our Lady of Arabia is an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a Rosary and the Child Jesus. The original image is derived from an image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel brought to Al Ahmadi, Kuwait on 1 May 1948. The image was advocated by Pope Pius XII who authorised its devotion on 17 December 1949, while Pope John XXIII granted a Canonical Coronation to the venerated image on 25 March 1960 through Cardinal Valerian Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, India.

On 5 January 2011, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments proclaimed her Patroness of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia and designated the feast of the image Saturday preceding the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time with the permission to celebrate it also on Sunday.

With the re-christening of Abudhabi Mosque as "Marriam, Umm Eisa" (Mary, Mother of Jesus) Mosque and the visit of Pope Francis to UAE on 3 February 2019, first ever visit by Pope to Arabian Peninsula, this fease gets greater significance.

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Sunday Gospel reflection with Father William Grimm
05 March 2021

Midway to our celebration of the Cross and Easter, we reflect on how we are like the animals, tables and vendors in the temple, interfering with others\' finding the Lord. As individuals and as a community, we must repent. But we are called to more than guilt feelings.

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