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c. 1600

Traigueras, Tortosa, Cataluña (Spain)

Title: Our Lady of Good Success (Statue)
Brothers Gabriel de Fontaned and Guillermo de Rigosa

Two Spanish friars, Brothers Gabriel de Fontaned and Guillermo de Rigosa traveled to Rome to meet the Pope for the approval of their order (The Order of Minims for the Service of the Sick or The Order of Saint Francis of Paola).[1] As they were passing through the town of Traigueras (under the jurisdiction of Tortosa in the Principate of Cataluña), a furious storm descended upon them. The brothers prayed for God's guidance and help. Immediately they saw a mysterious light coming from a cave in a cliff. Climbing up, they entered and found a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus in her arms. They reported being surrounded by shimmering lights and fragrant scents. As no one claimed the statue, the two carried it with them, hoping that the Blessed Mother would help in getting approval for their order.

On arriving in Rome, the brothers were worried that they might not obtain papal consent. However, Pope Paul V on hearing the story of their journey, knelt before the statue and placed his pectoral cross around the its neck. As he embraced and kissed the statue, he said:
“Look Brothers! She is smiling! Why does she smile so? What good success you have had on this journey! There is no doubt that Our Lady has deigned to protect and support you in your work. Therefore it will not be me that will go against Her. May all of your efforts obtain good success!”

He then blessed it and christened her Our Lady of Good Success. The image was placed in the Royal Hospital of Madrid. Here, the image became famous "for the numerous favors granted by Heaven through her". In 1641, Philip III ordered the construction of the Sanctuary of the Puerta del Sol. This enshrines the image renowned among the churches of Madrid. Soon, as its popularity and devotion spread, the image is replicated and placed in different places in Spain: Orduña, La Puebla de Gordon, Tudela, Abla, and among others.

c. 1600

Chimeevo (Russia)

Title: Mother of God of Kazan (Miraculous painting)

The Monastery at Chimeevo is famous for the miraculous icon of the Mother of God "of Kazan", which floated on the Niyap River (a tributary of the Tobol) in the XVII century and wwhere it washed up on land was where the first church was built. Simultaneously with the appearance of the icon near the village, a holy spring came about.



Scherpenheuvel (BELGIUM)

Miraculous statue

A small statue of Mary attached to a tree, which had long been an object of worship, began to show tears of blood. This event created quite a stir, and here was built a shrine that still attracts many pilgrims. The tradition of veneration of this statue of Our Lady dates from the fourteenth century, during the wars of the Reformation, when the original image of the Most Holy Virgin was destroyed by the Protestants. After the war, this statue of great artistic value that was destroyed was now replaced by this miraculous copy.


Caacupe (Paraguay)

Title: Our Lady of Caacupe (statue) - La Virgen de los Milagros (the Virgin of Miracles) - Virgen Azul de Paraguay (the Blue Virgin of Paraguay)
Feast Day:
December 8

In the early XVI century, a guarani converted Indian of the Franciscan mission of Tobati, is in danger of death. He is surrounded by the fierce mbayáes, a tribe which has refused to accept the Christian faith and has declared itself an all out enemy of the converts. In the forest thickness a massive tree trunk provides safe refuge. He hides there, cringing and trembling; he asks for protection from his Mother in Heaven, the Immaculate that the good friars have taught him to love. There he promises the Virgin that if he survives, he will carve a pretty image with the wood of the protective trunk. Nobody saw him, his persecutors went by without discovering his presence, and as soon as he could the Indian sculptor went back and took from the tree the wood he needed for his work. Two images came out of the trunk; the larger one went to the church of Tobati, and the Indian kept the smaller one for his personal devotion.

Years later the great flood that created the Lake of Ypacaray threatened to destroy the nearby towns and the Franciscan friars, accompanied by the inhabitants of the region, organized public prayers pleading for the calming of the waters. It is related that Father Luis de Bolaños blessed the waters and was recognised as the one the Indian had carved years earlier, and which from then on was called La Virgen de los Milagros (the Virgin of Miracles). Our Lady of Caacupé is a handsome wood carving with a delicate oval face and blue eyes; like the lmmaculate she joins her hands on her breast in prayer and her blond hair falls to her shoulders. The small image measures some 50 centimeters.

For a time, in order to give her more prominence and cover her with rich garments, her figure was enlarged disproportionately, until Church authorities decreed that the image be given its original size. The Virgin of the Miracles wears an elegant white tunic and has a beautiful sky blue cloak over her shoulders, both embroidered with gold thread. The image stands on a sphere resting on a large half moon. Mary's feet seem to step on a serpent, an allusion to Genesis and Apocalyptic texts.

Construction of the present church began in 1945, and although it has not been completed yet, it has been the sanctuary of the Virgin of the Miracles of Caacupé since 1980.

Caacupé is the religious center of Paraguay: the meeting place of the nation and the Church, because this blessed image has accompanied the formation process of the Paraguayan nationality.

Every eighth of December, the great feast of "Maria de Caacupé," thousands of pilgrims congregate at the Virgin's sanctuary; they come walking, on bicycles or however they can, to show their love and gratitude to their Mother, the "Virgen Azul de Paraguay (the Blue Virgin of Paraguay)."



Caysasay, Taal (Phillipines)

Title: Our Lady of Caysasay
Juan Maningcad (fisherman)
Feast Day: December 8 & 9

In a small barrio in the town of Taal, a fisherman by the name of Juan Maningcad went out fishing instead of casting his net on the sea, he threw it into the nearby river. When he pulled out his net he caught a little image of the Blessed Virgin Mary less than a foot high. Although it was soaked in water, it had a heavenly lustre and the face twinkled like a star. Upon seeing this marvel, Juan being a pious and virtuous man prostrated himself before the image and began to pray. He picked it up and brought it home. "No one knew how the image got to the river, and according to the old folks, perhaps the image was thrown by one of the Spaniards to pacify the ravages of the ocean during one of those expeditions and somehow the waves pushed it to the river. Another opinion was that perhaps someone exploring the river must have inadvertently dropped it others believe it came from China.

The news began to spread like wild fire until it reached the parish priest of the town, and the judge that represented the King of Spain at that time. Without notice they immediately went to Juan Maningcad's house and there they saw the beautiful image of the Mother of God. They knelt down to venerate it, and took the image to Taal where a town fiesta was celebrated.


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Title: Our Lady of Sorrows (statue)

The miraculous statue of Our Lady of Sorrows has its origin in 1608. It is located in the convent church of Salem on Lake Constance. During the Thirty Years War the statue was seen tears andd this phenomenon was at once considered miraculous. The statue wept again in 1697, before the great fire of the monastery, and in 1804, before the abolition of the Cistercian monastery. The testimonies of these tears down through the centuries leave no doubt about its supernaturality.


Rome (Italy)

Visionary: Domenico Maria Ruzzola (Carmelite)
Title: Our Beloved Lady of Benevolence (image)

The Carmelite father, Domenico Maria Ruzzola (1599-1630), born in Catalonia (Spain), found under the rubble of a house the miraculous icon of "Our beloved Lady of benevolence." He wiped the fine sacred image and then hung on the wall to honor her. Since then the Most Holy Virgin appeared several times to Fr. Ruzzola to urge him to pray for the poor souls in Purgatory. In one of these apparitions, she said to him: "I will be donating many thanks and welcome the prayers of all those who find refuge in me, in front of my image and I love it. Especially will raise their prayers for the salvation of poor souls in Purgatory. " In 1617 Father Domenico became superior general of the Carmelite Reform, and spent his last years in Vienna where he died. The painting, after his death, was offered by the Carmelites to Emperor Ferdinand, their benefactor. The emperor had a special reverence for the icon of Mary and, as the legend goes, he received the promise of protection from Madonna: "I will protect the Prince of Austria with my intercession and preserve, as long as continue to show such devotion, power and greatness. "

Since 1901, the icon of "Our Beloved Lady of Benevolence" is in the Carmelite church in Döbling in Vienna.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 148

July 2, 1610

Chiavari (Italy)

Visionaries: Townspeople
Title: Our Lady of the Garden /Nostra Signora dell'Orto

An image of the Blessed Virgin Mary painted on a wall, began to move and became a "living" (Mary and Child) in front of a poor woman of the people. The same image of the portrait appeared once more to some people the following year. In 1613 a church was erected in that place to commemorate the miraculous event.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 148

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Vienna (Austria)

Title: Our Lady of the Bowed Head (miraculous image)
Witness: Ven. Fr. Dominic of Jesus and Mary (1559 - Feb 16, 1630), Carmelite

One evening when he had just finished sweeping his cell, Fr. Dominic noticed that the picture of Our Lady had some dust on it. Fr. Dominic dusted the picture, when suddenly the face of Our Lady came to lifeand she asked him what favor he would like granted. He asked that a benefactor be delivered from Purgator and Our Lady encouraged, "I will deliver this soul from Purgatory, if you will make many sacrifices and will have many Masses offered for this soul." Then the apparition of Mary faded away. Some time later, when all had been completed, he again knelt before the miraculous painting of Our Lady. Suddenly Mary appeared to him again, but this time she appeared with the soul of the special benefactor, whom she had delivered from Purgatory. Our Lady encouraged, "I would like you to ask me for more favors and blessings. I am the Mother of God and I delight in helping my children to obtain graces for their salvation." When Dominic asked that anyone who prays in front of this image has their prayers answered, Our Lady replied, "All those who ask for my protection and honor this picture with devotion will obtain an answer to their prayers and will receive many graces. Moreover, I will pay special attention to the prayers which are offered to me, for the relief of the souls in Purgatory." He then had the picture placed in the Oratory of St. Charles, which was attached to the Church of Santa Maria de la Scale. Many people came to pray before the picture of Our Lady and it became a source of many graces and blessings. The holy image remained at the Oratory until Fr. Dominic’s death, which occurred in Vienna, on February 16, 1630. Some copies of the miraculous picture were painted and soon they were honored in many places.



Manaoag, Pangasinan

Title: Our Lady of Manaoag (Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag)
1 man

A native man who was walking home heard a Lady's mysterious voice. He looked around and with great awe he saw the radiant Lady with a Rosary on her right hand and a Child on her left as she stood on a cloud veiling a treetop. The man fell on his knees. He told the people of the apparition. And soon right on the spot where the Lady appeared a chapel was built. A town quickly flourished around it and was called "Manaoag".

Tradition has it that the town itself was born from the Virgin Mary’s call, thus the term, "taoag" meaning "to call" was used to name the town. This is where the name Manaoag was derived from, which means "She Calls".

During World War II, the Church suffered moderate damage. 4 bombs were released on top of the church. 3 bombs landed on the plaza and the facade, destroying them both. One bomb landed in the sanctuary, but failed to explode.

The church was rebuilt, and today, it is an active parish serving Manaoag and the surrounding area.


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Santiago (Cuba)

Title: Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre
Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos (native Indian brothers), and Juan Moreno (10-year-old black slave)

Some time around the year 1600, two native Indians, Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos, together with a ten-year-old slave boy, Juan Moreno, went out looking for the salt needed to preserve the meat of the Barajagua slaughter house, which supplied the workers and inhabitants of "Santiago del Prado," now known as "El Cobre." That day they were just able to reach Cayo Francés, halfway across the Bay of Nipe, where they encamped to escape the fury of a storm which would have torn their frail canoe to pieces.

Calm was restored with daybreak, and they took to the transparent sea. In the distance, they saw a white bundle floating on the waves and approaching them slowly. At first they took it for a sea bird. As it came closer, it seemed to be a girl and at last they were able to determine that it was a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the child on her right arm and with a gold cross in her left hand. The statue was fastened to a board with the inscription, "I am the Virgin of Charity."

According to the sworn testimony of witnesses, despite the recent storm and the motion of the waves, neither the figure of the Virgin, nor her clothing, was wet.

The head of the statue is of baked clay covered with a polished coat of fine white powder, possibly rice paste, and the recent thorough renovation of the image revealed the fine features which countless paint coatings had deformed. A well-shaped nose and a well-proportioned face with large, loving eyes convey a gentleness that invites trust and prayer. The Virgin is about sixteen inches high and her feet rest on a brilliant moon whose ends surround on both sides the silver cloud where three cherubs spread their golden wings. The Child, at the left side of the statue, raises a hand as if blessing, and in his other hand he holds a gold globe. The entire figure is covered by a heavy cloak which gives it the typical triangular shape.

The image's original clothing was white, but the faithful have given her gold and silver colored robes. Because Our Lady of Charity is a symbol of Cuban nationality, popular statues give her a white robe, a blue cloak and have the Child dressed in red: the colors of the Cuban flag. Nowadays the Virgin's dress, a copy of a very early one, is of heavy lamé with gold threads, and has the national Cuban shield embroidered on the skirt.

The simple folk have gotten used to the image of their "Cachita" with the small boat at her feet and in it the "Three Juans" who found her floating on the water. This detail is omitted in the oldest reproductions which copied the original statue.

At the request of the veterans of the War of Independence, Our Lady of Charity was declared the patroness of Cuba by Benedict XV in 1916 and solemnly crowned in the Eucharistic Congress held in Santiago de Cuba in 1936. Pope Paul VI raised her sanctuary to the category of Basilica in 1977.



Endingen (GERMANY)

Crying Statue

A wooden statue from approx. 1430, depicting the Mother of God with the Infant Jesus, was seen crying tears by two priests and many of the faithful on the eve of the Ascension of Christ. The tear fluid was continuously dried by the faithful present and those who came later, but the statue continued to weep continuously for about an hour. After the statements of the witnesses the event, it was recognized as a supernatural miraculous phenomenon. Some time later, the tears were explainedtop be the Madonna's sadness for the approach of the Thirty Years War which broke out three years later and caused so many misfortunes and sufferings for the people.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 150


San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco (Mexico)

Statue: Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos

The sanctuary's history begins in 1542 when Father Miguel de Bologna, a Spanish priest, brought a statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception to the village. The town was then called San Juan Mezquititlan Baptist but its name was changed to San Juan de Los Lagos in 1623. According to local legends, that year the daughter of some local Indian peasants fell ill, her parents prayed for her health, and the young girl recovered. Following this miracle, the statue began to be venerated by an increasing number of pilgrims including Indians, Spanish and mestizos. During this period the statue acquired its own local identity as Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos. Between the early 17th century and the middle of the 19th century a pilgrimage fair was held each year on November 30 to celebrate the original installation of the statue in the shrine.

Source: Pilgrimage: from the Ganges to Graceland : an encyclopedia, Volume 1 by Linda Kay Davidson, David Martin Gitlitz 2002 ISBN 1576070042 page 571



Title: Comforter of the Afflicted (statue)

The Jesuits had a college founded in Luxembourg in 1594. In 1627, to spread the cult of the Virgin Mary, built a chapel with a statue of Mary Mother of God carved in wood. When the daughter of the attorney general of the town, silent and suffering from gout, received before the wooden statue of a miraculous cure, and then was followed by other similar cases, the chapel became a place of pilgrimage for many people and sick people in search of healing. In 1666 the Blessed Virgin was proclaimed patroness of the city, in 1678 became "Comforter of the Afflicted" and then proclaimed patroness of the whole country. During the French Revolution the chapel of the Jesuits was completely destroyed; only the miraculous image of the Mother of God, Mary, came out unscathed. In 1885 the statue was placed in the new chapel and was crowned according to the decision of the Holy Father.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 155


Palanyag / Parañaque (Phillipines)

Title: Our Lady of Good Help (statue)
Feast: August 10

The Augustinian fathers brought the image from Spain as a gift from the King to the Filipinos converts. The Augustinians stayed in Palanyag (Parañaque) and built St. Andrew's Parish in 1580, the same year the image was delivered. Her image was left untouched and covered with dust. Catig, a poor native from Don Galo, saw this and asked the sacristan if he could take the statue home. This was granted and Catiq took the statue to his house, lighting votive candles to honor the Virgin.

As Catig lay dying on his bed, his neighbors called Fr. Juan de Guevarra to deliver last rites. Upon blessing Catig, Fr. Guevarra saw the statue standing near the bed. Catiq refused gave up the statue knowing that she should be revered by the people. Father Guevarra took the statue and placed it in his room after Catiq had died.

In the room, according to Fr. Guevarra, a miracle happened: a mysterious light emanated from her image, and he heard glorious hymns. Fr. Guevarra concluded that the image was miraculous.

Father Guevarra reported the miracle immediately to the superior of the Augustinians, Father Alonzo de Mentrida. Upon hearing the words of the friar, he ordered that the icon be transported to St. Andrew's Church. On August 10, 1625, a great procession was held, and the image was mounted over the altar.[

The people of Palanyag assembled and voted to give the icon a name. Each suggested a title on a piece of paper and dropped it into a box held by an eight-year-old boy. The title "Our Lady of Good Events" (Buen Suceso) was chosen by six people and the image thus obtained its name.[12]
Archbishop Miguel Garcia Serrano and some of the officials of Manila joined to venerate the Lady's image. It was said that Archbishop Serrano is the first one to create the novena and reconstructed the altar. After the reconstruction, another feast was celebrated on February 22, 1626. Many went to the celebration, not only the ones who live in Parañaque, but also the neighboring provinces.

The image of Our Lady of Good Success was canonically crowned as "The Patroness of the City of Parañaque" on September 8, 2000, the same day as the feast of the Virgin Mary's birth. Many joined in the celebration: parishioners, local government officials, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, before she became president. After the Lady was crowned, people shouted, "Viva la Virgen!" (Long live the Virgin!) After the mass, a procession was held with the statue of Our Lady.Our Lady of Good Success serves as the patroness of the newly established Diocese of Parañaque; followed by St. Andrew the Apostle, the patron of the Cathedral.

Source: Nobena sa Karangalan ng Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, October 7, 1996, pg. 5-7

March 25, 1626

La Paz, Iloilo City, (Phillipines)

Title: Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje) or Virgin of Antipolo (statue)
Feast Day: January 24

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is a 16th-century celebrated dark wooden statue. Pious legends claim that it was once found on top of a Tipolo tree, but it is generally believed to have been originally brought by Don Juan Nino de Tabora from Mexico via the galleon El Almirante on March 25, 1626. The statue survived its burning ship and was given its present title due to this event. The statue is enshrined in the Cathedral of Antipolo, under the titular patronage of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. The statue is reputedly famous for having crossed the Pacific Ocean six times back in forth via Manila to Acapulco, Mexico without any damage or losses.

Source: Wikipedia


Luján (Argentina)

Title: Our Lady of Luján

Around the year 1630, when a man from Portugal called Farías asked a friend of his to send him an image of the Immaculate Conception directly from Brazil so that he could place it in a chapel that he was building in Sumampa, Argentina.  A short time later, he received the offer of two statues: one was the Immaculate Conception and the other was of Mary as the Mother of God. Once the two statues were finished, the drivers placed them in a wagon and then set off on their northbound journey.  They stopped to spend the night on the shores of the Luján River; however, the next morning, they realized that the mules could not move the wagon, even when they got rid of some of the weight.  Only by strenuously taking out the box that contained the statue of the Immaculate Conception were they able to move the wagon.  The drivers believed that this incident was a sign from Our Lady, telling them that she wanted to be venerated there. 

The man left the statue in the house of a settler, who had a black slave and who then, for more than forty years, was the guardian and curator of the statue. He built a brick chapel and more and more pilgrims began to arrive in that place to pray the Rosary before the statue. One day a sick missionary came to Lujan, and was miraculously healed, and since then established himself as a priest to assist the pilgrims. In 1763 he built a large church was then elevated to a basilica in 1887. Lujan is one of the most frequented places of pilgrimage in the world.



Cavite City, Cavite (Phllipines)

Title: Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga / Reina de Cavite
1 Spanish sentinel

The Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted as garbed in black and white, kneeling as she contemplates the instruments of her Son's Passion. Before her are the crown of thorns and the nails.[2] The icon of is painted on a canvas framed in carved wood. The painting itself is set with gold and silver accouterments and precious gems, which are ex votos from her devotees. An inscription found at the back of the painting says: "A doze de Abril 1692 años Juan Oliba puso esta Stma. Ymagen Haqui" ("On 12 April 1692, Juan Oliba placed this most holy image here"). It is considered an invaluable treasure inherited by the Caviteños, and is the oldest extant dated Marian painting in the Philippines.

A legend narrates that many years ago, a small detachment of the Spanish Guardia Civil was stationed at a garita (little garrison, or sentry post) located at the end of the Isthmus of Rosario. One stormy night, a Spanish sentinel was at his post and he perceived a bright, shifting light. A dazzling apparition rose form the currents of Cañacao Bay, startling the sentry with suspicion that it could be pirates out to raid the port (at the time, Cavite was at the peak of economic prosperity because of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade). Frightened, the sentinel shouted, "¡Alto! ¡Alto!" ("Halt! Halt!"). Instead of stopping, the light proceeded toward him. Hence, in a loud voice he asked, "¿Quién vive?" ("Who is there?"). He then heard a sweet and melodious voice reply: "Soldadito, ¿por qué el alto me das en noche tan fría? Dame paso. ¿No conoces a María?" ("Little Soldier, why halt me on a night so cold? Give me passage. Thou knowest not Mary?") The sentinel, struck in awe and confusion, humbly and repentantly replied, "Perdóname, Virgen María, Reina de mi devoción; pues solo soy un soldado que cumplo mi obligación!" ("Forgive me, Virgin Mary, Queen of my devotion; I am but a soldier that complies with my duty!") The following morning, fisherman and workers at the Cavite Royal Arsenal passed through the Porta Vaga (Vaga Gate) and found a framed image of the Virgin on the beach along Cañacáo Bay near the place of her earlier apparition. They brought the image to the parish priest who temporarily installed it in the parish church. Later, a small chapel was built near the Porta Vaga's walls, and for three centuries it was the icon's shrine. The icon was used to bless the galleon plying between Cavite and Acapulco, Mexico during formal sending off ceremonies, earning her the title "Patroness of the Galleon."

Source: Wikipedia

February 2, 1634

(Some sources put first apparition date at 1594)

Quito (Ecuador)

Title: Our Lady of Good Success
Visionary: Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres

Our Lady of Good Success appeared to Spanish-born Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres at her Conceptionist Royal Convent in Quito, Ecuador. She requested that a statue be made in her likeness and warned of diminishing faith and vocations in the 20th century.

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Visionary: M. Parigot (b. 1619)

M. Parigot, born in 1619, entered the Carmelite Order still very young and took the religious name of Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament. Since her youth she had the grace to receive some apparitions of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Mary as her spiritual guide. Thus inspired, she founded the Confraternity of the Infant Jesus, which was elevated by the ecclesiastical recognition of Pope Pius IX.

August 2, 1635

Cartago (Costa Rica)

Title: Our Lady of the Angels / La Negrita (statue)
Juana Pereira (a poor mestizo woman)

In the city of Cartago, as in many others during colonial times, whites were segregated from Indians and mestizos. Those who were not absolutely white were not allowed to enter the city, where a stone cross marked the limits. On August 2, 1635, feast of the Holy Angels, a poor mestizo woman called Juana Pereira, in her daily search for firewood discovered a small image of the Virgin simply carved on a dark stone, placed conspicuously by the footpath. Juana happily picked up the treasure, with no idea that she would find it five more times in the same place, because the image kept disappearing from cupboards, chests and even the parish tabernacle, and on each occasion would return to the same rock where it had been found. It was evident to all that the Virgin wanted a center of worship there, where she could comfort the poor and humble.

The image of Our Lady of the Angels is very small, only about three inches high. She carries the Child on her left arm, where the cloak that covers her from the face down, is gathered in pleats. She has a round, sweet face, slanted eyes and a delicate mouth; her coloring is leaden, with scattered golden sparkles. Only the faces of Mary and the Child Jesus are visible, as a precious cloak protects and adorns, her. At present the statuette is displayed in a handsome monstrance which surrounds it completely, enlarging its appearance.

"La Negrita" (the little black one) as she is affectionately called by the people of Costa Rica, was solemnly crowned in 1926 and in 1935, His Holiness Pope Pius XI declared the beautiful shrine of the Queen of Angels a Basilica.

Pilgrims visit Cartago constantly to pay their respects to their heavenly Mother; many enter the shrine on their knees, as an act of humility and gratitude, and then they pray at the rock where the blessed image was found. The stone is wearing away under the constant rubbing of so many pilgrims' hands that caress it gratefully while they pray for relief of their sufferings. There is a spring under the stone and its waters are collected by the faithful who visit the shrine seeking mercy and health.



Würzburg (Germany)


A statue of the Pieta carved in wood in 1640 was placed in a small chapel on Mount Nicholas. Again and again you could see the chapel illuminated by a miraculous light. In 1747 a chapel was built next to the Capuchin monastery and there the miraculous image of Our Lady is venerated to this day.

Würzburg is located on both banks of the Main, in its middle reaches. The town is overlooked by the west Fortress Marienberg (Mont Sainte-Marie).

In 1640, the faithful say see an extraordinary light in a chapel where we installed a pieta. The building appeared as "burning with fire."

In 1747, monastery was built for the Capuchin officials pilgrimage.

The chapel is located on top of a Cross. It is built in a beautiful Baroque style.

R. ERNST, Lexikon der Marienerscheinungen, Altötting, 1989, p. 77 and G.Hierzenberger, Erscheinungen und der Botschaften Gottesmutter Maria, Augsburg, Pattloch Verlag 1993, p. 155
Patrick Sbalchiero "WURZBURG I" in: Laurentin and Patrick Sbalchiero, Encyclopedic Dictionary of the apparitions of the Virgin. Inventory origins to today. Methodology personification, interdisciplinary approach, Fayard, Paris, 2007.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 159

March 29, 1640

Calanda (SPAIN)

Visionary: Juan Miguel Pellier
Title: Our Lady of Pilar (statue)

Juan Miguel Pellier was a poor and an orphan boy, a native of Calanda. In 1637 he had an accident and his right leg was amputated. As soon as the leg wound was healed, he went back to do the begging for a living. He was often in Zaragoza to beg and then stopped to pray before the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin of the Pilar. On the night of March 29, 1640 the boy had a dream in which he saw the chapel of Pilar in Zaragoza. Upon awakening, noticed with greatest astonishment and joy, he had both legs and was healed. A canonical study of the Zaragoza Ordinariate confirmed the miracle.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 160

Nov 10, 1643

Rottweil (Germany)

Visionaries: many townspeople
Title: "Our Lady of the Rosary" (statue)

Many pilgrims come to Our Lady of the Rosary and many prayers are answered. The tradition of this miraculous place dates back to 1643, when the city was besieged by French troops. On November 10, besiegers and the besieged were able to see the facial features of the statue of "Our Lady of the Rosary" mutate and express sadness and pain. This change in facial features of the statue lasted about two hours and was confirmed by both Catholics and Protestants. The Ordinary Bishop, who examined the long occuring event, recognized its supernatural authenticity.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 162



Visionary: Barbara Franz (7-year old girl)
Title: Maria in der Tanne (“Mary in the Fir”)

A girl and her mother found near an oak tree a small portrait of the Immaculate Conception painted on parchment. She took it home. Shortly after this discovery, she whungaryas hit by a serious eye disease with the risk of going blind. One night she had a dream in which she was told that she would recover if she brought back the portrait under the oak. The next morning the girl brought the painting to his place and was immediately healed. When the news spread many pilgrims went to that place to venerate the portrait and some of them, after praying before the image of Mary, drank water from the spring nearby and were cured of their ailments.

Having heard about these miraculous phenomena, a sick man came in Triberg with the hope of receiving a healing. He had vowed to carve a statue of Our Lady in wood if it were cured of his ills. When he recovered, he built a statue of the Madonna and Child and had it placed next to the oak. Meanwhile, the portrait on parchment had mysteriously disappeared. In 1697 a church was built, and inside, near the main altar, the oak was placed with the statue. In 1805 St. Clement Mary Hofbauer, with four companions, arrived in Triberg and encouraged the pilgrimage that still continues today.

Source: The Reign of Mary. Volume 40, Issue No.52

see also Hierzenberger 1997 p 162


Quezon City (Philippines)

Title: Our Lady of the Rosary of "La Naval de Manila" (Miraculous statue)

October 14th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of "La Naval de Manila" whose miraculous image is being venerated in Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City, Philippines, The Feast of "La Naval de Manila" commemorates the five naval victories of the Catholic Spanish and Filipino forces against the Protestant Dutch invaders in Manila Bay (1646).



Title: Our Lady of Tears (statue)

At Foligno is venerated wooden statue of the seventeenth century, representing the Madonna of the Tears , of this statue we have news from 1647 . It is kept in the current sanctuary in the church of St. Augustine, after the original Shrine of Our Lady of Tears was destroyed during the disastrous bombing of the allies in 1944 on the city.

Since the seventeenth century is the great devotion of the citizens for the image of the Madonna, and even today the festival is celebrated on the Sunday before the feast of St. Anthony Abbot in the month of January .

On the evening of 14 January 1703 during the celebrations of the Feast of Our Lady of Tears, the city was hit by an earthquake that affected the whole violent center Italy , the Foligno, who escaped a violent earthquake, spontaneously took the statue in procession for the first time January 28 this year, a sign of gratitude and devotion.

The growing devotion led in 1713 to the decision by the Chapter to crown the sacred image with a golden crown. From that moment on, every time that some serious disaster threatening the city, the statue was shown for worship or transferred in the Cathedral.

July 10, 1647

Ponzano Magra (Italy)

Title: Our Lady of Schiavonea
Antonio Ruffio

Aug 23, 1648

Corigliano Calabro (italy)



Naples (italy)

Visionary: Vincenzo Carafa, SJ (1585-1649)

Mary appeared to the Jesuit Father Vincenzo Carafa (1585-1649), son of the Prince of Andria and pious mystic Maria Maddalena Carafa. In 1604 he was ordained a priest, and worked as director of novices, rector and provincial and from 1647 as the seventh general of the Order. "Mother Superior" illuminated his ascetic-mystical writings.



Visionary: Jean-Jacques Olier (1608 - 1657)

Jean-Jacques Olier, who was born in 1608 in Paris, as a young man was suffering from an eye disease and was cured by the miraculous intervention of the Holy Virgin. In gratitude to the Virgin Mary, he devotedly attached himself to St. Vincent de Paul and was ordained a priest. Soon after he devoted himself with great fervor to the mission and the establishment of popular seminaries. In 1648, he was pastor of Sannt-Sulpice, where he founded his famous seminary for priests. Jean-Jacques was blessed with unusual graces and appearances. In 1649 Mary appeared to him and induced him to resume his life dedicated to prayer, that he had forgotten for a few days. Moved by the mystical graces and the messages of Mary, the servant of God was able to reinvigorate and revive the ideal of the priesthood through his seminaries and theological and ascetic writings. He exerted a great influence on the renewal of the clergy. In 1664 a seminary for priests according to his design was approved as a congregation and spread rapidly in France, America and Africa, as the Sulpicians. In these communities of priests, was put into practice the spirituality and mysticism of the French Oratory. The main points of the spiritual world of Olier was the cult of Most Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary, the total stripping of oneself in God and the full consecration to Christ. A summary of his whole spirituality is found in the Catechism of the Christian interior life. Semi-paralyzed, dedicated the last years writing spiritual works. Olier died in 1657 at the age of 49 years.


Itati, Corrientes (Argentina)

Title: Our Lady of Itatí (miraculous image)
Feast Day: July 16
Witness: Spanish Jesuit missionary Friar Luis de Bolaños and a group of locals

Spanish Jesuit missionary Friar Luis de Bolaños and a group of locals who converted to the Catholic faith, who were saved from an attack by another tribe after they prayed the rosary. According to the story, a passage was opened through Yaguari River and the people of Itati were saved due to the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

On July 16, 1900, at the doors of the Shrine of the Most Holy Cross of the Miracles in Corrientes, Our Lady of Itati was crowned by Bishop Rosendo de la Lastra y Gordillo, on behalf of Pope Leo XIII, before all the bishops of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, and a multitude of the faithful.

In 1950 a Basilica was built with one of the tallest domes of American southern continent.


May 1654

Aldenhoven (GERMANY)

Visionary: Dietrich Muhlfahrt, farmer (statue)

During a hunt, a farmer Dietrich Muhlfahrt of Aldenhoven found a little statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary among the branches of a linden tree. He took her home and that day honored Our Lady with prayers with two friends. One day, suddenly miraculous celestial light appeared around the statue. In that same place, some time later, a small church dedicated to Mary was built.

the Virgin appeared in a wonderful light to a villager during a game of hunting. He noticed some pilgrims. A chapel was constructed.

Source: Arch Ernst H 125; S. Hansen, Die deutscehn Wallfahrtsort, Ein Kunst-und Kulturfuhrer zu uber 1000 Gnadenstateten, Augsburg, 1991. Hierzenberger1993, p. 159.

June 24, 1652

La Trinité (France)

Our Lady of Laghet (miraculous statue)

A fervent priest, Fr. Jacques Fighiera, found the chapel of Laghet in a sad state of disrepair and decided to intervene. In 1628, Fr. Fighiera had the roof rebuilt, the walls whitewashed, the ground made even, and a proper door with a lock installed. He kept the keys on himself at all times. He also had the path of Eze that led to Laghet made like new. He did all this at his own expense "in the honor of God and the Virgin Mary." Then he announced to the nearby population that the chapel of Laghet was restored and that he would ensure all services--a task that he fulfilled without any compensation for 25 years. The inhabitants of Villefranche who had gone to the chapel before it was profaned, started coming back. And the Lord, through Our Lady, answered the trusting prayers of the faithful encouraged by their pastor. The Virgin showed her goodness by giving many miracles. People came to pray the Virgin of the chapel from Piedmont, from far-away Liguria, and from all corners of Provence. However, the statue that was venerated there bore the marks of time and the harshness of the elements. Fr. Fighiera owned a beautiful statue of the Virgin, until then placed on an altar of the church of Eze. In order to crown his work and prove his gratitude to Our Lady for the miracles granted, Fr. Fighiera decided to donate this statue to the chapel of Laghet. On June 24, 1652, the White Penitents of Eze carried the statue in procession all the way to Laghet. Since then, each year on the same date, the parish of Eze renews this act of devotion by coming in pilgrimage to Laghet in procession from Eze carrying the statue of Our Lady. The bishop of Nice, Mgr De Palletis, applying the guidelines of the Council of Trent, undertook a serious investigation before he authorized the pilgrimage. Until the decision was made official, the statue had to be covered and the chapel kept closed. Then a commission of theologians assisted by a lawyer and a doctor was convened to examine the facts of Laghet while the bishop himself visited the village to form his own opinion of the behavior of the pilgrims. On December 20, 1653, this commission confirmed the authenticity of the miracles and the bishop both authorized and encouraged the devotion to Our Lady of Laghet. On April 25, 1654, he presided at the first official pilgrimage to Laghet.

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Aachen (Germany)

Title: Rosa Mystica (image)

The miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the so-called "Chapel of the Rose" (from "Rosa Mystica ", the title of Mary in the Litany of Loreto), according to tradition, was miraculously spared during the Great Fire of 1656. This is why that, even in the most difficult times, the faithful make a pilgrimage to venerate the statue of medieval wood, depicting Mary with the Infant Jesus, crowned and clothed.


Pieve di Rosa, San Vito al Tagliamento (Italy)

Title: Holy Mary of Pieve di Rosa
Maria Giacommuzzi

On February 2, 1655 an epileptic child of eight years, Maria Giacomuzzi, is praying in front of a fresco of the Blessed Virgin Mary, located on a wall of the house of his grandfather Giovanni (Zuane), Villa Rosa, then on the left Tagliamento. The family had gone to church. The image was a rudimentary fresco, walled up the wall on the porch, who represented Mary with Child, this fresco was up to 1648 in the house near the river that had been sold to pay off a debt. Destroyed the house by the new owner, the fresco was miraculously saved and Giacomuzzi carried it into your new home. While the girl was praying absorbed, suddenly, he was rapt in ecstasy. When he recovered his senses he found himself completely healed and told family members that he saw a beautiful lady dressed in white with these words: "I saw there, next to the picture, a beautiful lady, dressed in white, who smiled at me and calling me. When I was close to the good lady said to me:

"I'm not good in this place, where blasphemy against My Son, of 'your father that he be converted and that makes me carry in a church, on a public road; warn the others of the villa to refrain from the sin of blasphemy. For because of this huge impiety were devastated by hail your campaigns in recent years and are hanging over your head even more terrible punishments; obey all my notes and in this day forward you will not be exposed to the insults of evil that so far has harassed you ". Soon the news has great resonance and reaches to the nobles of the nearby St. Vitus.

The family Giacomuzzi decides to accede to the request to transfer to the miraculous image of St. Vitus and provides their oxen for transportation, that is established for the Second Sunday of Easter of the same year (31 March 1655). At the gates of San Vito, near the Church of St. Nicholas outside the walls, the oxen are locked and refuse to continue, despite repeated beatings.

The event is interpreted as a clear indication of the Blessed Virgin to keep your image in that Church. It spreads immediately worship and devotion to the image of Our Lady of Rosa, which are attributed to repeated miraculous events. Over the centuries the Church has repeatedly enlarged and embellished to become an important shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Rosa.

On 22 March 1945 a final and terrible bombardment completely destroyed the sanctuary and save the bell tower, on which are also evident, even today, the signs of splinters. Among the piles of debris is found, miraculously intact, the image of Our Lady of Rosa. After the war, thanks to the work of the Franciscan friars and the generosity of many of the faithful, we construct a new sanctuary on the opposite side of the highway (463), along which stood the previous year. Even today, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Rosa is a destination for many pilgrims and reference point for the faithful of the right and left Tagliamento.

Source: with the addition of other information

July 17, 1656


Title: Saint Mary the Greek (Santa Maria Greca)
Visionary: Don Francesco Lojodice, called Saccone

The legendary event behind the story of the church took place ten years before its construction, specifically in 1656 , when the entire Kingdom of Naples there was a terrible epidemic of plague ; in July of that year he was also Corato subject and in a few days the population was decimated by the infection. At that time the city still had a city wall medieval equipped with twenty-five towers, many of which are out of use for many decades; people took refuge from the disease by taking refuge in the dungeons of these towers, in vain. In particular, citizens gathered in front of one of the oldest towers, called "La Greca", so named because perhaps dating back to the Byzantine : an ancient tradition reported that in its basement, long inaccessible, was preserved an icon the Virgin Mary; the people believed that bringing it to light, Our Lady would give its patronage to the city, saving it from the plague. Many people noticed at the little hole that was now the only access to the underground, but could not get in. The priest Francis Lojodice, then stationed in Corato, fearing that the crowd of people would favor the contagion took it upon himself to widen the hole and to enter it to perform the search of the sacred. Lojodice he not, however, found no icon, but only a small window with traces of paint faded. On the night of July 17, however, the priest dreamed that the Virgin Mary, who promised salvation of Corato if he had dedicated to his worship the underground where they had fallen days before. The next day Lojodice sought and obtained from ' Archbishop of Trani Thomas Sarria permission to transform the basement into a chapel open to the public, he did begin the work to make it suitable for prayer; meanwhile he called a painter because he painted the image of Mary as she had appeared in a dream.However, although the priest he tried to spell out in detail the figure of the Virgin, the painter could not reproduce it in any way; the people around him he continued to pray to the Virgin to grant her help. According to legend, around noon it came the melodic sound of a bell, and a blind woman who was there took indicating the wooden table prepared by the painter, who had miraculously appeared on an image in which Lojodice recognized Mary exactly as she had He appeared in a dream. From that day Corato was free from the plague, unlike other neighboring cities that suffered huge losses.

The miraculous icon was placed in the window of the basement of the Greek Tower, which became a place of pilgrimage and prayers, so that in1664 the same Lojodice promoted the construction of a church that would allow higher the influx of many people and it would avoid the crush in a place enclosure. The old tower was then demolished and in its place was built a church; the primitive oratory was expanded and became the crypt of the new building. The church assumed the title of "Santa Maria Greca," not only because of the name of the old tower, but also because in the icon Our Lady appears with features and Greek-style clothing. Over the years both the Church and the crypt underwent numerous restoration, renovation and expansion; in particular, what happened in 1891 did the building take the shape it has today, completely overturning the plant and demolishing the dome that rose on the transept . Nowadays only the crypt remains almost intact the original elements of the seventeenth century ; the upper church original there are only some decorations, paintings and original portal, now completely walled but still visible behind the main altar in correspondence of ' apse .

Source: Wikipedia (Italian)


Aquisgrana (germany)

Miraculous statue

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 166

August 7, 1663


Weeping Statue

While the Hungarian troops were beaten by the Turks in Parkanyi, a statue of Mary, placed in the side chapel of the church of St. Nicholas, began to weep. This statue was venerated by many pilgrims. Even in the year 1708, during the months of July and August, the image of Mary was seen again tearing copiously: it was a sign of the outbreak of plague.



Bleeding Statue

During an uprising in 1670, a fanatic soldier reformer, snow-covered, entered the church of the woods of Klokoosko, while the faithful were praying, and pierced with a spear the statue of the Madonna, which, when struck, began weeping blood. The miraculous statue was taken later to Vienna. A copy of the Holy Virgin Mary pierced was crowned in 1904 by the Greek-Catholic bishop Hopko Vanil in the Church of Klokoosko.


Alcobendas, España

Title: Virgen de la Paz
Visionary: shepherdess

According to this ancient and constant tradition, an image of the Virgin was appearing or found on a fig tree that maimed a shepherdess tending a flock of sheep in Fuentiduña, and told it that it was the people to give news of the discovery.

But as the shepherdess Note, troubled, mandola go home to her mother deliver a bread of many who had in an ark, to which the shepherdess replied that he could not give it because when he left his house had not , to which the Virgin replied saying, "For I know that your mother has a chest full of bread, and to believe what I say, throw a hand singing you have manca".

After running the shepherdess put such a mandate was astonished to see that his maimed hand was healed, so he ran to the village to realize what has happened and see if it was true that his mother had a chest full of bread, it he was convinced and that he had miraculously filled.

It is unknown when the occurrence took place, which could well be placed in the reign of Alfonso VI, after the reconquest of the area. Time to corresponding instances of other Marian images in Madrid: the Virgin of Atocha and the Almudena.



MARIA STEINBACH, Memmingen (Germany)

Title: Our Lady of Maria Steinbach (miraculous statue)

The miraculous statue of Maria Steinbach was in the convent church of Rot. Following a fire, the heavily damaged statue was placed in a room. It was then given to the parish of Steinbach, which placed it in a country chapel. In this chapel the image of the Virgin Mary gave birth to miraculous apparitions and, amazingly, many prayers were soon answered. In 1728 the statue was placed in the parish. It was seen that the Madonna's face suddenly moved her eyes and wept. Also noted is the swelling of the veins and the front face of the change of color. During the night the church was strongly illuminated by a heavenly light of unknown origin. At first the Ordinariate Constance was very cautious and sent a commission of inquiry, which in 1734 could do nothing but confirm the miraculous phenomena. The parish church was elevated to a sanctuary. The pilgrimage grew so strong that Steinbach became the second most visited sanctuary in southern Germany in the eighteenth century.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp 170-171



Witness: Franz Forell (23) - miraculous statue

The twenty-three year old Franz Forell took to Wemding a statuette of the Virgin Mary from Rome. He placed her on a pedestal at his house and it soon became an object of veneration by many faithful. A Protestant gentleman, headquartered in Wemding, near the house of Forell, was liberated suddenly from terrible headaches when he invoked the help of Mary. Soon the news spread and began a intense pilgrimage began to the house of young Franz. The comings and goings of pilgrims, devotees and curious, in this private home was frowned upon by church authorities; then an agreement was reached to place the miraculous image of the country estate next to the church. There it was forgotten. The chaplain Keller (who had taken the statue of Mary from Forell's house) was one night called urgently from a patient. He rrived at a place called "Font of Schiller," and could not move a step forward, as he felt immobilized. Just called Most Holy Mary to his aid, and when promised to build a chapel, he walked without problems. After a short time in this place, he erected a church in the place where the statue was forgotten.

On 25 July 1735 the eleven year old grandson of Franz Forell brought flowers to the statue of Mary and placed it between her fingers. Immediately after the image of the Mother of God turned her head and moved her eyes. Even other people noticed the miraculous image of Mary changing facial features. The news of these latter phenomena multiplied the number of pilgrims, and soon the chapel became too small. August 28, 1746 when the statue of the Madonna changed the color of the face and turned her eyes towards the city (the seventy-three witnesses testified in writing), the cornerstone was laid for the construction of a new church. After the consecration of this church, 107 miraculous cures from diseases of the eyes took place.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp 171-172



Mar del Sur (El Salvador)

Title: Our Lady of Peace (miraculous image)
Feast Day: November 21

Tradition has it that some time in 1682 some merchants found an abandoned box on the shore of Salvador's Mar del Sur. They were unable to open the box. As it was tightly closed and sealed, they surmised that it contained something of value, and decided to take it to the city of San Miguel where they would find out how to open it. They tied the box on a donkey's back and undertook the long and dangerous journey to the city where they arrived on November 21, meaning to inform the local authorities of their find. But when they went by the parish church, now a cathedral, the donkey lay down on the ground. They were then able to open the box and were surprised to find that it contained a lovely image of Our Lady holding the Child.

The origin of this image is still a mystery as it never was known for whom the box was intended, or how it came to reach the beaches of El Salvador. It is said that a hard and bloody struggle was going on between the inhabitants of the region, but when they heard of the marvelous discovery in the abandoned box, they put down their weapons and immediately ceased fighting. It is also related that during the 1833 fratricidal struggles, when everyone expected a blood bath, the victorious side--instead of taking reprisals--had the blessed image placed in the atrium of the parish church. At the feet our Our Lady, a solemn vow was made to keep no grudges and to erase all hatred from the hearts so that peace would bring about brotherhood and reconciliation. This is why the image was given the beautiful title of Our Lady of Peace, whose liturgical celebration is held on November 21 in memory of its arrival at San Miguel.

The statute is a dressed wood carving; with the national shield of El Salvador embroidered on the front of the image's white robe. The image holds a gold palm leaf in memory of the eruption of the Chaparrastique volcano, which threatened to destroy the city with burning lava. The frightened dwellers of San Miguel brought out the statute of Our Lady of Peace to the principal door of the cathedral, and at that precise moment the force of the lava changed direction, moving away from the city. In the exact place where the lava changed direction there's a town called Milagro de la Paz (Miracle of Peace).

On the day this happened, September 21, 1787, everyone saw in the sky, formed by the clouds, a white palm leaf that seemed to sprout from the crater of the volcano. Considering that this was a sign of the Virgin's protection, her faithful decided to place in her hand a gold palm like the one they had seen in the sky.

Benedict XV authorized the crowning of the image which took place on November 21, 1921. The goldsmith who made the Virgin's crown used 650 grams of gold and many precious stones, among which was a huge emerald surrounded by diamonds. The new shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Peace was completed in 1953.


May 24, 1676

Salvatierra (Mexico)

Witnesses: townspeople
Title: Our Lady of Light (glowing icon)

A mysterious light came from the image of the Blessed Mother on several occasions. THis image is resonsible for relief from epidemics and drought and having prevented a thief from leaving the chapel.

Source: Santoro, N. Mary In Our Life: An Atlas of the Names and Titles of Mary, The Mother of Jesus, and Their Place in Marian Devotion


Inzing (AUSTRIA)

Witness: Gassler Leopold
Title: Our Lady of Inzing (weeping icon)

During the Christmas holidays, the farmer's wife Gassler Leopold heard a strange noise coming from the adjoining room, as if someone was crying desperately. Frightened, the woman went into the bedroom and saw behind a chest a portrait of the Blessed Virgin Mary covered with dust. No one in the house had never seen before. A survey of ecclesiastical ascertained and confirmed that the portrait wept incessantly. The tearing remained unstopped despite attempts to dry it. The bishop then gave the order to place this image of Mary in the church of Inzing (in Oberin Valley, near Innsbruck). As the portrait was placed, it ceased tearing and facial features of Mary assumed a tone of wonderful light . In 1814 many pilgrims saw the eyes and lips of SS. Virgin move.

Source: Hierzeberger 1997 p 172

Sept 2,1686


Title: Our Lady of Loreto (miraculous statue)

In 1541, while the Turkish wars, a statue of Our Lady of Loreto was walled in Buda. After one hundred forty-five years, on September 2, 1686, during the struggle for the liberation of Buda Castle, the wall collapsed after an explosion and the statue of the Virgin Mary was discovered without showing any damage. The statue, so magnificently shiny and positively whole surprised Christian fighters who, by this fact, they that found the they had strength to launch another attack against the Turkish forces and overpowered them in a victory.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 172

Nov 6, 1688

Moscow (Russia)

Title: Icon of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow (miraculous image)

On November 6, 1688 (October 24 in the old calendar), as the Patriarch of Moscow's sister lay in bed with an incurable open wound in her side, she heard a woman's voice say, "Euphemia! Go to the temple of the Transfiguration of My Son; there you will find an icon called the 'Joy of All Who Sorrow.' Have the priest celebrate a moleben with the blessing of water, and you will receive healing from sickness." Euphemia had the priest say the prayer service in the church, then bring the icon to her home and bless her with holy water. She arose healed. Russian liturgy now honors the icon on the date the Mother of God is believed to have spoken to Euphemia: "Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!". Because of continuing miracles after prayers before this icon, Transfiguration Church on Ordynka Street became known as Joy of All Who Sorrow Church. During the Soviet era it became a storage facility for the Tretyakov State Gallery. The church reopened for worship in 1948. Some believe the icon enshrined there is the one that was there in 1688; others hold that it is a copy from the 1700s.. The Virgin stands holding the Child in a radiant mandorla, surrounded by suffering people being helped. Other icons with this title, such as one in St. Petersburg, have similar iconography, but without the child.

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Title: Our Lady of the Snows (Miraculous Image)

The church on the Rigi, in the canton of Schwyz, the task the task was entrusted to the painter Johann Balthasar Steiner to paint a replica of the famous Mary of the Snow. The artist accepted the job, but said that would not have painted the picture if Holy Mary had not moved his brush. This not only helped for success of the portrait, but also later, when many pilgrims turned to the painting for aid. The book bears witness of the pilgrims.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 172


Cavite City (Phillipines)

Title: Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga, (Our Lady of Solitude of Vaga Gate) also "Reina de Cavite" (i.e. Queen of Cavite) and "La Virgen de la Soledad"

Visionary: a Spanish sentinel

Feast Day: Third Sunday of November

A legend narrates that many years ago, a small detachment of Spanish Guardia Civil was stationed at a sentry post called garita located at the end of the Isthmus of Rosario. One stormy night, while a Spanish sentinel was at his post, he perceived a halo of a bright shifting light. A dazzling apparition rose form the currents of Cañacao Bay startling the sentry with suspicion that it could be pirates who were out to ransack the port because that time, Cavite was at the peak of economic prosperity because of the galleon trade.
Frightened, the sentinel shouted "¡Alto! ¡Alto!" ("Halt! Halt!"). However, instead of stopping, the light proceeded toward him. Hence, in a loud voice he asked, "¿Quién vive?" ("Who is there?"). He then heard a sweet and melodious voice saying:
"Soldadito, ¿por qué el alto me das en noche tan fría? Dame paso. ¿No conoces a Maria?" ("Little Soldier, why halt me on a night so cold? Let me pass. Dost thou not recognise Mary?")
The sentinel, struck in awe and confusion, humbly and repentantly replied,

"Perdóname, Virgen Maria, Reina de mi devoción; pues solo soy un soldado que cumplo mi obligación!" ("Forgive me, Virgin Mary, Queen of my devotion; for I am a soldier who complies with my duty!")

The following morning, fisherman and workers at the Cavite Royal Arsenal usually passed through the Porta Vaga (Vaga Gate) found along the beach of Cañacáo Bay a framed image of the Virgin. It was close to the spot where she appeared the previous night. They brought the image to the parish priest who temporarily installed it in the parish church. Later, a small chapel was built near the Porta Vaga's walls, and for three centuries it was the shrine of the Virgen de la Soledad. The icon was used to bless the galleon plying between Cavite and Acapulco (Mexico) during formal sending off ceremonies, earning her the title "Patroness of the Galleon".

In 1929, a new parish priest, Fr. Pedro Lerena y Lerena of Logrono, Spain, was assigned to the Puerto. At the same time, he was appointed Rector of the Ermita. His great dedication to the cause of the Virgen de la Soledad saw the beautification and the improvement of the Ermita through the years. During the Second World War, Fr. Lerena was able to retrieve the precious image of the Virgin from a junkyard where it was thrown by the Japanese invaders and brought it to the Archbishop’s Palace in Intramuros, Manila and later to the vaults of the Philippine National Bank for safekeeping. It was brought back to Cavite only after the liberation in 1945, this time to her home at the San Roque church because the Ermita was destroyed by Japanese and the combined Filipino-American forces. Until his death in 1972, Fr. Lerena served as the guardian of Cavite’s priceless treasure.

Source: Consuming passions: Philippine collectibles Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio, Jaime C. Laya 2003 page 70



Witness: Maria Francisca (10)
Our Lady of Sorrows (miraculous statue)

The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, who was in the hospital chapel of the Sacred Heart, miraculously moved her pupils. This phenomenon was also found by a commission of inquiry archbishop. A girl of ten years, Maria Francisca Schrott, was the first to witness the phenomenon. During the Litany of Our Lady of Saturday, January 21, saw the eyes of the Most Holy Virgin begin to move: that is, before they moved up and then to her Son crucified, then the statue turned her eyes downward and finally turned to the right and left. The girl, just arrived home, told this extraordinary phenomenon, and the next day many people came to see the miraculous event. Then intervened the commission of inquiry, which, after appropriate investigation, that the statue was stable at certain times of day, morning and evening in particular, turning her eyes from right to left. Five sudden healings confirmed the miraculous character of the phenomenon. The archbishop recognized its authenticity and approved the pilgrimage and the veneration of Mary.

Source: Hierzenberger 1992 p 173

Sept 18, 1692

Verviers (Belgium)

Miraculous Statue

The city of Verviers was shaken by a terrible earthquake. The population fled outdoors and many went to pray in front of the Franciscan church, before the great statue of the Blessed Virgin. The crowd arrived at the foot of the statue was seen, with the greatest wonder of all, this was changed: the Infant Jesus was facing the mother, the sphere of the world that He bore in his right hand was gone, his little hand was in Mary's left hand with which he also held the scepter. The child looked at his mother's eyes and she looked upon her child and beyond, extending from the crowd attentive and absorbed in reverent prayer in front of the extraordinary event. The miraculous statue of Our Lady remained in this position until today. The many witnesses urged the Church to confirm the miracle. Pope Clement XII granted certain indulgences (1739) and Leo XIII had celebrated the crowning of the miraculous statue in 1892, at the hands of the bishop of Liege.

Source: hierzenberger 1997 p 174



Miraculous painting

A portrait of Mary miraculously remained unscathed despite the Turks throwning it into the fire. The painting depicts the Virgin and Child. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, this image of the Virgin was crowned by the archbishop of Esztergom.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 174

Nov 4, 1696

Pötsch (HUNGARY)

Title: "Mary Pötsch" / Máriapócs, Our Lady Mary of the Snow (crying image)

Farmer Michael Cory, who was in the Unitarian Church Parish Greek of Pötsch, where he saw tears icon painted in the image of Our Lady Mary of the Snow. The phenomenon was also observed by many other people and famous personalities. This event is repeated many times between November 4 and December 8. It was thought to wrap the portrait in a cloth, but after a while everything was wet. Many miracles and healings mannifested in front of this painting. Then Father Marco d'Aviano was advised to bring the portrait toVienna. The Emperor Leopold I in fact took place the first portrait in the castle of La Favorita, then in the church of the Augustinians, and finally, with great celebration in St. Stephen's Cathedral where the famous preacher Abraham, a Saint Clare, gave the festive sermon. The painting is still in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna and is the object of devotional worship. Many contemplate the picture of "Mary Pötsch" as the patron saint of Vienna. Prince Eugene attributed his victory over the Turks in 1679 in this picture. In Pötsch is venerated a copy of the painting. The copy was also discovered in a miraculous way and tears in the first eight days of May 1715.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 175

Captured by Turks and held as a prisoner of war, Laszlo Csigri celebrated his release in 1696 by commissioning a wooden icon of the Virgin and Child in his hometown of Pócs in Hungary. On November 4, the icon was shedding tears and a dying child recovered when held up to the tears by a priest. In December, it wept for another two weeks, starting on the 8th. Pócs became known as Máriapócs. In February, 1697, Emperor Leopold II had the miraculous image moved to St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. It is still there, in a chapel to the right of the entrance. Later, a copy was given by the Emperor to the church in Máriapócs, which wept three times, in 1715, 1750, and 1905.

Dec 30, 1696

Quito, Ecuador

Title: Nuestra Señora de la Nube, Quito, Ecuador

When Sancho de Andrade y Figueroa, Bishop of Quito, was gravely ill, his flock decided to carry the image of Our Lady from the Guápulo district to the Cathedral in procession to ask God for his health. On December 30, 1696, at 4:45 pm, when the procession reached St. Francis's Church, its bell sounded the signal for praying the Gloria Patri. Suddenly Don José de Ulloa y la Cadena, chaplain of the Nuns of the Immaculate Conception, was pointing east, exclaiming, "The Virgin! The Virgin!"

According to official documents in the archdiocesan archives, all present saw the Virgin resting on a cloud between the sanctuaries of Guápulo and Quinche, with a crown on her head, a lily in her right hand, and the Child in her left arm. The apparition lasted throughout the recitation of the Gloria, Our Father, and Hail Mary. Then it faded and the cloud covered the image. Afterwards, the bishop got better, and when fully recovered he authorized devotion to Our Lady of the Cloud, erecting an altar to her in Quito Cathedral. She is honored with an annual fiesta and procession on January 1.



RAAB, Gyor (Hungary)

Title: Holy Mary of Grace (Crying icon)

The Irish bishop, Walter Clonferti Lynch, fled from the city of Galway to take refuge in Hungary, following the prosecution of Oliver Cromwell against Catholics. In the flight he took with him the picture of Holy Mary of Grace. At St. Patrick's Day (March 17), during Holy Mass, the picture began to water from 6 am to 9 pm, then until midnight the statue sweated blood. Several people witnessed the miracle. Even today, this portrait is the object of special veneration of Mary.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 175



Crying Statue

A statue of Mary crying for three days. In 1742 it was transferred from the small chapel where it was in the church of the Jesuits. This statue was the subject of a strong devotion to Mary and the faithful still come to this place.

Source: Hierzenburger 1997 p 176



Title: Our Lady of Sorrows
Visionary: Mrs. Sophia Feilheim Vienna

Mrs. Sophia Feilheim Vienna, suffering from an incurable disease, saw in a dream a Pieta that suddenly began to speak: "Search this statue, pray before it with confidence and get better." Then the Holy Virgin continued: "Bring my statue to Hungary." Mrs. Feilheim went looking and found the Pieta in Sumeg in Hungary. It was absolutely identical to what she saw in a dream and that had spoken. She prayed fervently before the image of the Pieta and touched it. After a few hours, she recovered. The faithful sang a hymn of thanksgiving before the statue of the Madonna and Bishop Paul Széchany confirmed the miracle. Sümeg Marian became a place of worship for many pilgrims seeking the comfort of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Source: Hierzenberg 1997 p 176

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