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Bombing at beloved Spanish Marian shrine: no injuries

October 04, 2013

Anarchist groups are suspected of a bombing at a famous Marian shrine in Spain, the Catholic News Agency reports.

A small explosive device was detonated at the basilica of Our Lady of Pilar in Zaragoza on October 2. No injuries were reported. The basilica is located on the site where St. James the apostle built a shrine to the Virgin Mary in about 40 AD.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 06, 2013 9:09 AM ET USA

    I wonder how many Catholics in the US know the story of the first bombing of this basilica. In the civil war (1936-39), bombs were dropped on the church but failed to explode. Two of them were then suspended on a column inside and, I suppose, are still there. There has been a long tradition of anarchism in the hinterland of this area of Spain.