September 8, 2012. (Romereports.com)
Far from Portugal's pilgrimage site at Fatima, in the steppes of central
Asia is another cathedral that is being dedicated to our Lady of Fatima
on Sunday, September 9.
The cathedral is located in the city of Karaganda, in the northern region of Kazakhstan. The region is well known for the number of Gulags there, forced labor camps that were used throughout the Soviet era. The Gulag at Karaganda was written about by Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his book “The Gulag Archipelago,” he was eventually awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970.
For Sunday's ceremony, the pope has appointed the Dean of the College of Cardinals, the Italian Angelo Sodano, as the papal legate.
The day before there will be a Mass with pilgrims presided over by Cardinal Sodano. Then that evening a concert with the performance of Mozart's Requiem in honor of the victims that suffered in the Gulags. Then on Sunday, there will be an official dedication of this new cathedral.