LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The shrine's origins begin in the 9th century, when the monk St. Meinrad arrived to built a hermitage in the wilderness that would later become Einsiedeln. He took with him a miracle-working statue of the Virgin Mary given to him by the Abbess Hildegarde of Z├╝rich. On January 21, 861, two thieves murdered Meinrad for the treasure in the hermitage. According to legend, the killers were caught after two ravens followed them into town and drew attention...
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