(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis sent a video message to pilgrims participating in celebrations for the Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Saturday at her shrine in the central Polish city.
300th anniversary celebrations
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the coronation of the Black Madonna, as the icon of our lady housed in the shrine in the monastery of Jasna Gora is also known.
Mary our tender Mother
In his remarks, the Holy Father says, “The sacred image, in fact, shows us that Mary is not a distant Queen, who sits on a throne, but the Mother who embraces the Son, and with Him, all of us, her children.” The Holy Father also says, “She is a true Mother, with her visage signed, a Mother who suffers because she truly takes to heart the problems of our lives. She is a Mother who is close by, who never lets us out of her sight – a tender Mother, who holds us by the hand on our daily journey.”
No one an orphan
Pope Francis goes on to say, “Let this be the propitious time, in which to feel that no one of us is an orphan.”