Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mater Ecclesiæ

"After the assassination attempt on May 13, 1981, Vatican officials were evaluating the possibility of placing a plaque, or some visible sign, in St. Peter’s Square in the area where the Pope had been shot, in remembrance of a painful page in the history of the Church but also as testimony of divine protection," Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re discloses — Inside story of Marian mosaic told on Bl. John Paul II's birthday.

"John Paul II, convinced that the Virgin Mary had protected him on that day, immediately expressed the desire that an image of the Madonna be placed in the square," His Eminence continues, noting that "the Pope offered his opinion that he would like a representation of Mary as Mother of the Church, because, he explained, ‘the Mother of God has always been united with the Church and has been particularly close during difficult moments in its history.’ He added that he was personally convinced that the Virgin Mary was in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, to save the life of the Pope."

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Both Mary and Jesus look as if they are one split-second away from a mischievous, knowing wink at the devotee. =P

6:48 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I was trying to figure out that look, and you've nailed it.

9:07 AM  

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