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New Shrine for Our Lady of the Taper

The Statue of Our Lady of the Taper holding the infant Christ, was specially gilded for the Papal blessing.

The Statue of Our Lady of the Taper holding the infant Christ, was specially gilded for the Papal blessing.

On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI blessed the statue of Our Lady of the Taper from the National Shrine of Wales in Cardigan and, just 24 hours later the statue has been re-located to a side chapel in the main Church.

The move has come about as a result of consultations between  Bishop Thomas Burns of Menevia and the Shrine Rector, Father Jason Jones and will remain in the new location for a 12 month trial period. This move has enabled the tabernacle at Cardigan to be moved from its location on the right hand side of the Church to a central, back of sanctuary, traditional position.

In time it is hoped to turn the original shrine building into a repository for the relics and historical documents relating to the medieval shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Taper in Cardigan.