Thursday, April 16, 2015

A statue of the Virgin in each Nutella factory - A Moment with Mary

-- A Moment with Mary --
Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

April 16 – Death of Saint Bernadette Soubirous in Nevers, France (1879) 

A statue of the Virgin in each Nutella factory

The founder of Nutella died on February 14, 2015, in Monte Carlo (Monaco). Michele Ferrero, 89, was the father of Nutella, Mon Chéri, Kinder, and other Rocher products, all made by the Italian company started in Alba in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II.

Michele Ferrero, the richest man in Italy with a fortune estimated at $26.8 billion, was also a man of faith – a faith as strong as granite. As he stated for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Ferrero Company in 1996, "We owe the success of Ferrero to Our Lady of Lourdes. Without her, it would not have happened."
Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Lourdes app...
Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Lourdes apparitions occurred four years after the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In fact, there is a statue of the Virgin in each of the group's factories worldwide. Every year, Michele Ferrero would make a pilgrimage to Lourdes with the company’s senior executives. Visits of the famous Marian shrine were also organized for employees.

Under his leadership, Nutella has become one of the world's leading confectionery, present in 53 countries with over 34,000 employees...