Record numbers visit Black Madonna
PR dla Zagranicy
The Black Madonna shrine in Poland’s spiritual capital of Częstochowa attracted 3.2 million pilgrims and tourists last year.
This is almost 200,000 more than in 2010.
Almost 145,000 pilgrims arrived to Częstochowa on foot.
There were also groups of pilgrims on bicycles, on horseback and on roller blades.
Foreign visitors came from all continents, including church leaders from 21 countries, from the Philippines and Burkina Faso to Bolivia and Peru.
The highlights of 2011 at Jasna Góra in Częstochowa included the ceremonies to mark the beatification of Pope John Paul II and the annual farmers’ pilgrimage, which was attended by President Bronisław Komorowski. (mk)