More than 20,000 people flocked to a remote village in eastern India on Sunday, April 23, to participate in the first pilgrimage that marked the 62nd death anniversary of the first Servant of God from the Adivasi community.
Archbishop Felix Toppo of Ranchi led the Mass assisted by 75 priests at Sargaon, the birthplace of Sister Mary Bernadette Kispotta, 32 km northwest of Ranchi, capital of Jharkhand state.
The archdiocese of Ranchi organized the pilgrimage to increase devotion and publicity of Sister Kispotta, the founder of the Daughters of St Anne of Ranchi.
Mother Bernadette was declared a Servant of God on August 7, 2016.
The archbishop urged the congregation to observe April 16, the actual death anniversary of the saintly nun, as a day of prayer pilgrimage.
People from various parishes in the archdiocese came to Sargaon by car, bike, cycle, or hired buses. One parish brought people in seven buses.
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