High on the list of most-visited Catholic shrines in the world is Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland. Blessed John Paul II prayed there countless times; he had a lifelong devotion to Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Before becoming Pope, he also visited the "American Czestochowa" — the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa.
This American Czestochowa has strong connections to the centuries-old original at Jasna Góra in Czestochowa (Chez-ta-HO-va). It also has connections to John Paul II.
The shrine draws pilgrims by the score to its 200 acres, especially on weekends and for its many liturgical feasts and events. One of the largest celebrations is the annual feast of Our...READ MORE