On January 1, a major pilgrimage takes place every year in Figuil, Cameroon, thanks to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
The indulgence celebration on the Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God attracts more than 12,000 pilgrims annually. Many of the pilgrims walk several miles to take part in the event.
This year the Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Faustin Ambassa Ndjodo of the Diocese of Garoua. A special guest for the celebration was Archbishop Mario Delpini of Milan, Italy.
The Marian sanctuary in Figuil was founded by Oblates from Poland. They brought to Cameroon the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Oblates have held the indulgence celebration every year on January 1 since 1975.