An unusual sight, but one which reminds us of a time when the statue of the Immaculate Conception of Cospicua and Titular painting were taken to the Basilica of Birkirkara for refuge from the bombs of the last war – and the pilgrimage back home to Cospicua 75 years later. The statue of the Immaculate Conception was taken from Cospicua to Birkirkara Cospicua during a pilgrimage with stops at two parishes – in Fgura and at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Hamrun. The fine weather we had today saw hundreds of devotees gather in Fgura in Hamrun to pay their respects to the Immaculate Conception.
From the last stop in Hamrun, the pilgrimage continued toward the Birkirkara Basilica where there will shortly be a statue pilgrimage in the streets of Birkirkara.
The decision taken by the Chapter of Cospicua at the height of the last war for this statue and the Titular painting of Our Lady to be taken to Birkirkara for refuge from the air strikes that ravaged this locality which was in the line of fire because of the dockyard.
75 years after the statue and square were returned Cospicua, and the same pilgrimage will be made on 16 November, when the Immaculate Conception will leave the Basilica of Birkirkara and head toward the Parish of Christ the King in Paola and after, taken back to her sanctuary and resting place in Cospicua.