[Tagging] wayside shrine tag definition page

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com
Mon Feb 12 17:55:28 UTC 2018


On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 8:55 AM, Mateusz Konieczny <matkoniecz at gmail.com> wrote:
> For me it is something that I would describe as shrine and it is certainly
> the same in function.
>
> I guess that to solve that somebody should check how "shrine" tends to be
> defined (I am not a native speaker of English).

For what it's worth, the definition of 'shrine' being tossed about here reflects
popular language in *some* parts of the English-speaking world.
It is assuredly not the definition in canon law:

> 1230 By the term shrine is understood a church or other sacred place
> to which numerous members of the faithful make pilgrimage for a special
> reason of piety, with the approval of the local Ordinary.
(http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/_P4J.HTM)

The 'or other holy place' covers a lot of ground. A shrine may be anything
from a simple churchyard 'bathtub Madonna' to a pilgrims' church seating
thousands, like
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Shrine_of_the_North_American_Martyrs
to a great cathedral such as
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_the_National_Shrine_of_the_Assumption_of_the_Blessed_Virgin_Mary_%28Baltimore%29
or
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_the_National_Shrine_of_the_Immaculate_Conception
The key aspect is that it is a pilgrimage site.



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