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ZAMBOANGA (shrine)


A center of Marian devotion on Mindanao, a souther island of the Philippines. Our Lady's white shrine was part of the fortress wall of the town. Christians would come to pray at this shrine to invoke Mary's help to subdue the fierce hatered of the Moslem Moros who lived near Zamboanga. These natives sent each year a chosen Moro into the Christian crowd that came to celebrate their holy day near the chrine, commissioning him to kill as many Christians as he could, being ready to die himself as a result of his acat if captured. The shrine, now a place of special devotion in the ARchdiocese of Zamboanga, was erected in 1910.