Ecuador: Virgin of Schoenstatt flies over Guayaquil by helicopter during COVID-19 outbreak

An image of the Virgin of Schoenstatt took the so-called Route of Health pilgrimage through Guayaquil by helicopter due to the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday. The COVID-19 crisis caused the cancellation of the normal pilgrimage to the Schoenstatt Shrine, which was replaced by a virtual visit to the chapel. Immediately afterwards, the image of the Virgin was flown over the city in a helicopter... Еще. «We thought about the possibility, at the beginning only as a possibility, of making this flight over the city. But we especially approached the hospitals, and the iconic churches of Guayaquil, to tell everyone that, even though on each pilgrimage the faithful go to visit Mary at home, now she is the one visiting,» explained Eduardo Auza, Diocesan Coordinator of the Schoenstatt Movement. Traditionally, the pilgrimage gathers parishioners from several parishes, who arrive at the shrine at dawn. To date, Ecuador has registered 29,071 cases of COVID-19 and 1,717 deaths, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

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