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New Shrine of St. Gabriele dell'Addolorata to be inaugurated on September 21st

The Shrine of Saint Gabriele dell'Addolorata is one of the most venerated sanctuaries in the world. The Shrine, located in Italy's eastern province of Teramo, attracts over 2 million pilgrims every year.  Dedicated to the young Passionist student who was known as "The Smiling Saintâ?, the shrine is preparing for the consecration of a new sanctuary on September 21st. Cardinal Ennio Antonelli will be at the event as Pope Francis' personal representative.  Construction of the new shrine began in 1970, under the guidance of architect Eugenio Abruzzini. The architect stressed how the design of the new shrine to St. Gabriele highlights it as a place of penance and prayer. EUGENIO ABRUZZINI Architect "The place where the saint is present is a place of meditation and prayer, not a place of celebration. FLASH The other important operation for the shrine is that it is a place of pilgrimage; you go to ask forgiveness. So the area of reconciliation is a very importance place.â? Fr. Natale Panetta, the rector of the Shrine, also emphasized that pilgrims from all over the world travel there not only to pray before St. Gabriele's tomb, but to participate in the Sacrament of Confession.  FR. NATALE PANETTA Rector, Shrine of St. Gabriele "The Shrine is one of the most visited in the world, especially in Europe, for confession. We have, in two separate places: the old and new basilica, roughly 40 confessionals. Every Sunday there are 20-25 confessors available for confession. So it is one of the most visited Shrines for confession.â? The rector of the Shrine expressed his joy at the finished sanctuary and the positive reaction from visitors and pilgrims.  FR. NATALE PANETTA Rector, Shrine of St. Gabriele "When I see people entering the new basilica, their jaws drop because while it is modern, it is also very welcoming.â? The sanctuary is located near another shrine dedicated to St. John Paul II, who inaugurated the crypt of St. Gabriele in 1985.  JAE AA JM -PR Up: PM