October 4

Notre-Dame, Geneva, Switzerland

From 1536, when John Calvin made the Cathedral of St.-Pierre into his headquarters, Geneva became a center of the Protestant Reformation. For over three centuries, Catholic worship and Marian devotion there were more or less suppressed. In 1851, Catholics started building a new cathedral, which was dedicated to Notre-Dame on October 4, 1857; two years later, Pope Pius IX donated the statue of Our Lady. But in 1875 the church was closed by law and occupied by a state-sponsored congregation. Roman Catholic worship returned to Notre-Dame Cathedral on June 16, 1912. The statue was canonically crowned in 1937, and the church declared a Basilica Minor in 1954. (Photo by J. E. Schlemmer from helvetia-catholica.blogspot.com.)

Also commemorated this date:

St. Mary, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Cathedral consecrated, 1848. Feast Dec. 8.
Gua Maria Kerep, Ambarawa, Central Java, Indonesia. Grotto rededicated, 1981.
Madonna della Cornabusa, Sant'Omobono Terme, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy, Cepino district. 1400s Pietŕ statuette in cave shrine crowned, 1908. Festa 2nd Sunday in September.
Madonna dell'Elemosina, Biancavilla, Catania, Sicily, Italy (Our Lady of Mercy). Festa.
Matka Boża Latyczowska, Lublin, Poland. Icon crowned, 1778.

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Virgen de los Dolores, Málaga, Málaga, Spain. Statue crowned, 1986. Processes Wed. of Holy Week.
Santa Maria della Valle, Monte Carasso, Ticino, Switzerland. Oratory rededicated, 1925.
Ulashkivska Mother of God, Ulashkivtsi, Chortkivskyi, Ternopil, Ukraine. Uniate bishop declared icon miraculous, 1773. Early copy of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Basilian Monastery.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly