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Our Lady of the Taper: story of the Welsh National shrine


(Vatican Radio) Father Jason Jones a priest from the diocese of Menevia in South West Wales shares with Veronica Scarisbrick the story of a Welsh shrine known as Our Lady of the Taper or Our Lady of Cardigan.

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Designated in 1986 by Saint John Paul II as the National Welsh Shrine, its story is linked to a shipwreck in the twelfth century. It seems that on this occasion in a statue of Our Lady washed up on the shores of Cardigan Bay in West Wales.

Father Jason Jones who's an expert on Welsh flowers also shares with us his expertise in this particular field. He explains how in Wales flowers may be named after Mary whereas no girl is ever named Mary out of respect for Our Lady.

Asked by Veronica Scarisbrick to pick a flower that might represent Pope Francis he points to the nard flower on his coat of arms, meant to symbolise Saint Joseph.