430a-2On Wednesday, the seventh, Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, announced that there will be a shrine in the Marian plaza surrounding the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang. The Diocese of Orange has some 100,000 Vietnamese Catholics, worshipping throughout the diocese, with large communities in fifteen parishes. Our Lady of La Vang appeared to persecuted Catholics hiding in the jungle from persecutors in the Nineteenth Century. Of the estimated $25 million for the shrine, over $1.5 million has already been raised. Plans for the shrine, which will be adjacent to a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the plaza, will be released at the end of this month. Further information is available from the Orange County Catholic and the Orange County Register.

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