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The Popes Pray to Black Madonna

Why does it seem like everybody around the world knows who “we” are except for “us” over here in the United States?

The term Black Madonna or Black Virgin refers to statues or paintings of the Blessed Virgin Mary in which she, and often the infant Jesus, are depicted with black or dark skin. The Black Madonna can be generally found in Catholic and Orthodox countries. The term refers to that of the Marian statue or painting that was created to display the true features of the deity Jesus and his mother Mary (the European term). The statues or paintings are mostly wooden but occasionally stone, often painted and up to 75 cm (30 in) tall. They fall into two main groups: free-standing upright figures or seated figures on a throne. The pictures are usually icons which are Byzantine in style, often made in 13th- or 14th-century Italy. There are about 400-500 Black Madonnas in Europe, depending on how they are classified. There are at least 180 Vierges Noires in France, and there are hundreds of non-medieval copies as well. Some are in museums, but most are in churches or shrines and are venerated by devotees. A few are associated with miracles and attract substantial numbers of pilgrims.

Pope John Paul II prays before an image of Our Lady of Zarvaniza at the Church of St. Nicholas in Kiev at the start of his five-day trip to Ukraine in 2001.

Pope John Paul II prays before an image of Our Lady of Zarvaniza at the Church of St. Nicholas in Kiev at the start of his five-day trip to Ukraine in 2001.

Mass at the Shrine of the Black Madonna at Jasna Góra Monastery.

Black Madonna being prayed to in Poland.

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd in front of a copy of the famous Black Madonna


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Madonna

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