Saturday, September 22, 2018

Santa Maria della Querce, Lucignano, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Santa Maria della Querce, Lucignano, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy , 1417 - Third Saturday of September, August 8

In 1417 Feliciano Batone painted a fresco of the Pietà on a wayside shrine beneath a great oak. Fifty years later, there was a surge in devotion to the Madonna of the Oak after the story circulated that on August 8, 1467 a man from Siena, running fr...

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Madonna di Porto Salvo, Lampedusa, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy

Madonna di Porto Salvo, Lampedusa, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy , 1843 - September 22

The island of Lampedusa lies far south of Sicily, closer to Tunisia than to Italy. Since the time of the Crusades, it has been home to a rural shrine frequented by mariners both Christian and Muslim, who kept an oil lamp burning constantly before the...

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Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines

Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines , 1434 - Third Saturday of September

Devotion to this Virgin, the Black Madonna of Salamanca, goes back to 1434, when a Frenchman discovered a miracle-working statue in the Peña de Francia Mountains. Dominican missionary Miguel de Cobarrubias brought a copy, sculpted in 1710, from Spai...

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