| Introduction |
Encouragement of the Pope |
| Our Lady's Shrine and Devotions |
About the Novena |
| THE PERPETUAL NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF ARABIA |
| "Because they are not asked for .." |
To Perpetual Remembrance |
THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE POPE
H.H. Pope Pius XII blessing the Statue
on 17 Dec 1949 at the Vatican Palace.
It was not long before the supreme sanction was granted. The Holy Father, Pope Pius XII, himself gave a grand lead to this devotion, when on December 17, 1949, on the eve of the great Jubilee Year, in the Vatican Palace, he deigned to bless personally the new Statue of Our Lady of Arabia, and condescended to be photographed in prayer before it.
Sometime before - November 21st - His Eminence Alexender Cardinal Verde signed the document which grants to the Church of Our Lady of Arabia the same indulgences as for visiting the greatest Marian Shrine of the world, the papal basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.
After being flown to Kuwait, the Statue was received — 6th January, 1950 amidst triumphal rejoicing at her Shrine, where every day it is visited by devout people.
The short history of this devotion already gives evidence that favours have been granted which compare with those bestowed by Our Lady at other famous shrines.