Pope Francis will bless the Sacred effigy of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal, Wednesday 11 November in the Vatican.
The blessing will take place in the presence of the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, Father Tomaž Mavrič. Together with him, there will be the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, Father Tomaž Mavrič, and a small delegation that organizes the Pilgrimage of Mary, who visits the Communities in Italy on the occasion of the one hundred and ninety anniversary of the apparitions to Saint Catherine Labouré, which ‘year.
The apparition of Mary to Saint Catherine Labouré in 1830
It was in fact 1830 when the Madonna appeared to the young Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Caterina Labouré . Our Lady told her: “Times are very sad. Misfortunes will come upon France. The whole world will be devastated by calamities of all kinds. But you come to the foot of this altar, here the graces will be scattered on all the people who ask for them with confidence and fervor … I have always watched over you ”.
On November 27 of the same year, Catherine Labouré saw the Holy Virgin again. On this occasion, Maria held a small globe in her hands. From that was born the mission to have the Miraculous Medal minted all over the world.
The great graces that those who wear the Miraculous Medal receive
“The people who carry it will receive great graces!” , he affirmed to the young consecrated woman. So it has been all these years. However, today humanity is once again experiencing a state of great pain and restlessness due to Covid.
However, the Madonna of the Miraculous Medal continues today to watch over the whole of humanity, after 190 years. In fact, Mary becomes a pilgrim to visit every child who invokes her with a pure heart and open to the mystery. Fulfilling in this way, even today, the promise of love contained in his Message: “I myself will always be with you … trust … do not be discouraged”.