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"I wish to commend the Sanctuary of Fourvière and endorse its mission to offer a place of pilgrimage, retreat and spiritual accompaniment to all. May this Sanctuary, with its life of prayer, exemplary liturgy and natural beauty, inspire us all to encounter Jesus and renew our life in Him.

It was in an outpouring of missionary zeal from Fourvière, Lyon, the birthplace of Christianity in France, that the Gospel was first brought to Oceania and to this land of Aotearoa. Inspired by Mary, our first missionaries responded with generosity to God’s call to bring the light of Christ to the people of their time. We too hope to experience the closeness of God, the tenderness of the Virgin Mary, and the company of the Saints, and be filled with a fresh zeal to bring the light of the Gospel to our families and communities.

I encourage you whole-heartedly to support the Sanctuary of Fourvière, home to the Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Light and I am grateful to the Community of the Beatitudes who oversee the work of this significant apostolate in New Zealand."

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AN APOSTOLATE OF THE BEATITUDES COMMUNITY