Nossa Senhora de Campanhã
The statue of Our Lady of Campanhã in Porto, Portugal.
According to legend the statue once fell during a procession, as a result of which Mary’s right hand broke off. The next day a spring came up from the spot where the statue had hit the ground. This was considered a miracle.
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is being flown from Lisbon to Rome today, where it will arrive at Fiumicino airport at 14h00 local time. From there it will be taken to the Vatican, where it will be greeted by pope Francis.
The statue will spend the night in the church of Our Lady of Divine Love, a popular place of pilgrimage just outside Rome. Sunday morning the statue will be taken to St Peter’s square, where it will be at the centre of pope Francis’ consecration of the world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. In the afternoon Our Lady of Fatima will be flown back to her Portuegese hometown.
Nossa Senhora da Penha de França
A 19th century Portuguese engraving of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Peña de Francia, Spain.
According to legend the statue was discovered by the monk Simon Vela after Mary appeared to him in a dream. She told him to go to the mountains, where it had been buried to protect it from destruction by the Moors, who were opposed to the veneration of images.
The monk followed Mary’s directions and eventually found the statue with the help of some shepherds. He built a small chapel on the site, which soon become a place of pilgrimage.
Our Lady of Peña de Francia is usually depicted with a man and a lizard at her feet. One day a pilgrim fell asleep on the side of the road, overcome with fatigue. While he was sleeping a large snake approached him. Before the snake could reach the man a huge lizard jumped over him, as if to warn him. The man woke up and managed to kill the snake before it could attack.