Maria SS. della Cava
An image of the Madonna of the Cave in Pietraperzia, Sicily.
The text at the top of the shrine reads: ‘In every need run to Most Holy Mary of the Cave’. At the bottom it says: ‘Principal Patron of Pietraperzia. Miraculously discovered in 1223 by a sleepwalking mute, who received his speech’.
Nuestra Señora del Quinche
The miraculous statue of Our Lady of the Presentation of Quinche, the patroness of Ecuador.
The wooden sculpture was carved in the 16th century, and has been venerated in Quinche since at least 1604. The devotion has always been popular with Ecuador’s Indian population. They affectionately refer to Our Lady of Quinche as ‘la Pequeñita’ (the Little One).
Madonna di Tirano
A shrine depicting the apparition of Mary in Tirano, Italy.
According to tradition, Mary appeared to a man called Mario Omodei in the early hours of the morning on 29 September 1504. She promised an end to the plague if a shrine would be built in her honour on the site of her apparition. The man made a vow to Mary to build a shrine and the plague soon ended.