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Polish Catholics make annual 33-mile pilgrimage in honor of Mary

Thousands of Chicago-area pilgrims fill the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine at the Salvatorian Fathers Monastery in Merrillville, Indiana, for the closing Mass of their 33-mile pilgrimage Aug. 11, 2019. The pilgrims, largely of Polish descent, began the walking pilgrimage the day before from St. Michael Church in South Shore. The pilgrimage is in honor of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, which is celebrated Aug. 15. It is similar to the annual pilgrimage in Poland to the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, at the Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa. (Cynthia Flores-Mocarski/Chicago Catholic)

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