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St Mary's Catholic Church, Market Weighton
St Mary's Catholic Church, Market Weighton

After travelling through some stunning countryside I arrive at the shrine of Beauraing in Belgium.

Our Lady of Beauraing (also known as the Virgin of the Golden Heart) is the title of Mary, the mother of Jesus when she appeared on 33 occasions between November 1932 and January 1933 to five children whose ages ranged between nine and 15. After the apparitions, pilgrims flocked to the small town and still do so today.

On the evening of 29 November 1932, four of the children walked to a school conducted by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine to meet Gilberte Voisin and walk home with her.

When they reached the school, Albert pointed out a lady dressed in a long white robe, near a railway viaduct just past the school. The other children reported seeing her as well. Over the next several weeks, they saw the lady thirty-two more times, generally in the garden of the convent-school.

Read Father Paul Dowling’s full column in this week’s (4 September) Pocklington Post.