Our Lady of Caravaggio

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The venerated Marian image, crowned by the Bishop of Cremona, Carlo Ottaviano Guaschi under the Pontifical decree granted by Pope Clement XI in 30 September 1710.

Our Lady of Caravaggio is a reported apparition of the Virgin Mary at Caravaggio, Italy in 1432.


The apparition was reported by Giovannette, daughter of Pietr Vaccli and wife of Francesco Varoli. She said that on 26 May 1432, Mary appeared in a field in Caravaggio, in Northern Italy, in the region of Milan; and said that her son was angry, that for him people should fast on Fridays and for her they should celebrate Saturdays after vespers. Our Lady announced peace to Giovannette in her family, among the neighboring warring states and reconciliation between the Church in the East and West, through the Council of Florence (1436—1445). As memento of her presence she left the imprint of her feet on the stone where she stood. A spring of water sprung forth from under the stone.[1]

Eventually a modest shrine was built at the place of the apparition thanks to the Duke of Milan, Filberto Maria Viscouti. In 1575, Charles Borromeo hired the architect, Pellegrinio Pellegrinis to enlarge the sanctuary. The Madonna di Caravaggio, or "del Fonte", is now an enormous shrine. In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, it inspired a number of satellite shrines and some imitative visions.[2] The sanctuary still exists and attracts many people. Ultimately, Pope Clement XI crowned the venerated image on 30 September 1710.



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