March 2

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Maria in den Trümmern, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

On March 2, 1945, British bombers destroyed St. Kolumba's Church in Cologne. Alone in the rubble, the statue of the Virgin remained, holding a headless, limbless Child. After the war, the church was rebuilt and the statue installed on the eastern wall behind the altar. The new, modern building was consecrated to St. Kolumba in 1950, but is more commonly known as the church of Mary in Ruins. Photo by Elke Wetzig Elya, 2009, (detail).

Also commemorated this date:

Vierge de Jeantillot, Auch, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France. Grotto inaugurated March 2, 1892. Pilgrimage Pentecost Monday.
Maria SS. dell'Aiuto, Roccafiorita, Messina, Sicily, Italy (St. Mary of Help). Pope Pius XII blessed statue, 1943. Festa last Sunday in August.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly