Interior of the Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome by Giovanni Paolo Pannini, 1755.
The Borghese chapel in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome. The altar houses the image of the Salus Populi Romani, the Protectress of the Roman People.
S. Maria Maior
A 17th century Flemish engraving of the icon of the Salus Populi Romani (Protectress of the Roman People) in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Snows, which commemorates the dedication of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, or Saint Mary Major, in Rome.
The basilica is the most important church dedicated to Mary in Rome and houses the icon of the Salus Populi Romano, the palladium of the Eternal City. According to an ancient legend it was Mary herself who chose the spot for the church to be built by making it snow on top of the hill where the basilica now stands.
Madonna della Strada
The miracuous image of Our Lady of the Road in the church of the Gesu in Rome, the motherchurch of the Jesuits.
The Jesuit order, founded by St Ignatius of Loyola, venerates the Madonna della Strada as their patroness and copies of the image are found in Jesuit houses and churches worldwide.
A French holy card of the icon of Mary venerated in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.
Nostra Signora dei Miracoli
The miraculous image of Our Lady of Miracles in the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli on the Piazza del Popolo, Rome.
"To be a mother is to nourish and protect true humanity and bring it to development." - Edith Stein
The International Votive Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Rome.
The church was built in the 1920s and 1930s in the neo-Baroque style. The dome is yet to be completed.
An image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary venerated in the church of San Eustaquio in Rome.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, an image of Mary venerated all over the world.
The original icon is of Greek origin and has been in Rome since the late 15th century. It is currently kept in the church of St Alphonsus, near the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
A painting Jesus and Mary appearing to St Rita of Cascia on her deathbed in the church of Sant’Agostino, Rome.