Ceremony at St Patrick's Cathedral New York to re-inter witness of Knock 'apparition'.

Knock (Irish: Cnoc Mhuire) is the village in County Mayo, Ireland where it is said that the Virgin Mary, together with Saint Joseph and John the Evangelist, appeared on 21 August 1879. It was at about 8 o'clock in the evening when fifteen people, whose ages ranged from five years to seventy-five witnessed what they stated was an apparition at the south gable end of the local small parish church of Saint John the Baptist. Behind them and a little to the left of Saint John was a plain altar upon which was a cross and a lamb with adoring angels. As a result Knock became one of Europe's major Catholic Marian shrines, and a half million pilgrims visit Knock Shrine annually. 

Now a group of parishioners from Knock in are travelling to New York to attend the re-interment of the remains of one of those who witnessed the apparition in 1879. John Curry was five when he was one of the group who said that they saw the images. He emigrated to the United States and when he died in 1943 was buried in a pauper's grave. He is now being re-interred in Old St Patrick's Cathedral in New York next weekend. The Catholic Cardinal of New York, Timothy Dolan, will officiate at the ceremony in Manhattan next Saturday 13th May.

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