For that reason Caritas’ medical stations were helpful and effective—they proposed a short rest, assessed the pilgrims’ blood pressure, administered medications and water, and gave out informational booklets on hypertension.
Every year Zarvanytsya’s Mariys’kyy Spiritual Centre draws hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. The pilgrimages during the summer months are especially well attended.
The Roman Catholic and Ukrainian-Greek Catholic Churches were represented by pa rishioners, clergy and leadership. Faithful came from Poland, Belgium, Spain, France, Canada, and Brazil. The leadership was represented by the Archbishop of Barcelona Cardinal Luis Martinez Sistak, and the Patriarch of the UGCC, Svyatoslav Shevchuk.
The pilgrimage even drew a small number of politicians and government officials. Aside from the rulers of the Ternopil region, Victor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine, Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, leader of Our Ukraine’s political council, and Oleh Tyahnybok, Svoboda leader were in attendance. Also present were the governors of the L’viv, Ivano-Frankivs’k, and Chernivtsi regions, Chairmen of Regional and DistrictAdministrations, and people’s deputies.
In addition to providing medical assistance, workers and volunteers from the Caritas Home Care’s Information-Consulting Centre offered advice on healthy living, answered questions and drew attention to Caritas’ activity which is based on sincere Christian concern, care, and understanding the needs of our loved ones.