Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Rome)This is the third of the Roman patriarchal basilicas; it was founded in 366 and dedicated to Mary in 435. It houses the ‘most celebrated icon’ of Our Lady “Salus Populi Romani” (Health of the Roman People) which is attributed to St. Luke.

Holy House of LoretoAccording to an ancient tradition, the Holy House – where the Word became flesh – arrived on the hill of Loreto in the thirteenth century. The appearance of the Holy House of Loreto was identical to the House of the Holy Family, which was missing from its place of enshrinement in the basilica at Nazareth.


Madonna of Saint LukeFound in the chapel of the Church of Saint Mary Major in Bologna, this ancient image is venerated as Our Lady of Rome and is probably the most well known of the images attributed to Saint Luke.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Rome)Found at the Church of Saint Alphonsus, this shrine possesses one of the most famous Marian paintings, a fourteenth-century icon made on walnut wood and possibly stemming from Crete.
Our Lady of the Rosary (Pompeii)The basilica of Our Lady of Pompeii was consecrated in May 1891. It houses the portrait of Our Lady of the Rosary in a golden frame.


Our Lady of Tears (Syracuse)Between August 29 and September 1, 1953, tears flowed several times from the eyes of a plaster-cast image depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Episcopal Conference of Sicily expressed a desire for a shrine to perpetuate the memory of the prodigy. The crypt was opened on August 28, 1968. It hosts the original image from which the tears flowed.

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