Amleto Cardinal Cicognani

Amleto Cardinal Cicognani (HMBCQ)

Location: Emmitsburg, MD 21727 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 40.927', W 77° 21.381'

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National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

In Memoriam
Amleto Cardinal Cicognani

Apostolic delegate to the United States 1933-1958
Cardinal Secretary of State 1958-1973
Under Pope John XXIII - Paul VI

While serving as apostolic delegate to the United States Amleto Cardinal Cicognani frequently sought the beauty and spiritual solace of this historical sanctuary through private pilgrimages - often, with a bouquet of flowers to present to our Lady in thanksgiving.

His great devotion inspired a vision of the grotto accessible to the general public, prompting him to encourage Msgr. Hugh J. Philips, chaplain of the grotto, October 1958, to develop and enhance the entire grotto area and facilities.

From his office in Rome, as secretary of state, his eminence continued this interest by arranging for a rich grant of indulgences for shrine pilgrims. Pope Paul VI, instructed that the prayer, "O Mary, Virgin and Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me", be added to the requirements for gaining the indulgences. In 1963, he approved the title of the grotto to be The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1965, Pope John Paul VI requested Lawrence Cardinal Shehan to designate the grotto a public oratory.

The devotion of Cardinal Cicognani to this shrine continued to his death in 1973.

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Placed ByMount St. Mary's University, National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 3:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 297922 N 4395130
Decimal Degrees39.68211667, -77.35635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 40.927', W 77° 21.381'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 40' 55.62" N, 77° 21' 22.86" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16194-16198 Grotto Rd, Emmitsburg MD 21727, US
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