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Hindu party leader joins in prayers at Marian shrine

September 12, 2011

A former leader of India’s Hindu-nationalist political party joined with Catholics in prayer at a Marian shrine on September 12: the feast of the Holy Name of Mary.

Shri L.K. Advani, a major figure in the BJP party, placed a garland of flowers before a statue of the Blessed Virgin at Mt. St. Mary’s basilica in Mumbai. After praying in silence for a few moments, he was led by a priest from the basilica staff in praying the Memorare.

Advani, who was educated in a Catholic high school, said that he was “happy coming here, meeting the priests here, participating in the prayers and getting the blessings.”

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