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Rome gathers at Pope’s favorite Marian image for peace Rosary (Images)

Rosary for Peace in the Holy Land presided over by Cardinal Vicar Angelo De Donatis at Santa Maria Maggiore in front of the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani

Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 10/16/23

Mary, Protectress of the Roman People, please bring peace to the Land where you walked and to all the places in conflict.

On Sunday evening, October 15, the Diocese of Rome convoked the faithful to pray a Rosary for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the world.

Led by Cardinal Vicar Angelo De Donatis, the Rosary was held outside the papal basilica of St. Mary Major. It is this basilica that has the image of Mary, Salus Populi Romani, the Protectress of the Roman People.

The image was placed before the faithful for the Rosary.

The Marian image is one of the oldest that exists, and it is traditionally attributed to St. Luke, the apostle and artist.

Similar to Our Lady of Czestochowa, it is believed this image was discovered by St. Helena and taken first to Constantinople. By the 6th century the image was transferred to Rome and ever since has been enshrined in the church of Saint Mary Major.

Already in the 6th century, Pope Gregory the Great is said to have had the image processed through Rome to stop a plague that was spreading through the city.

It is this image that Pope Francis visits before and after his journeys. It is also the image he had brought to St. Peter’s Square in the height of the pandemic, for the extraordinary “urbi et orbi.”

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