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‘Our Lady of Czestochowa’ painting tours South Texas


‘Our Lady of Czestochowa’ painting tours South Texas
Monsignor Franciszek Kurzaj from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Floresville (l-r), Father Peter West with Human Life International, Father Wieslaw Iwaniec of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Panna Maria, Bishop Emeritus John W. Yanta, Father Dennis A. Jarzombek from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Stockdale, and Father Kuriakose Ouseph from St. Joseph in Nixon gather to view “Our Lady of Czestochowa.”


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On Feb. 26, at Panna Maria’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, parishioners welcomed a special, traveling painting of Mary holding baby Jesus, known as “Our Lady of Czestochowa,” part of a world tour for the image. The replica icon, sponsored by Human Life International, is part of the Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Life. The painting, called an icon because it holds special meaning to millions of Catholic and Orthodox faithful, holds deep, traditional, spiritual meanings, especially in Poland, where a hilltop shrine at the Monastery of Jasna Góra is the permanent location for the original painting. The traveling icon began the world tour in Vladivostok, Russia, and was blessed in a special ceremony by the archbishop of Czestochowa in Poland. The Archbishop of Krakow made a special act of entrustment to the cause of the defense of life and family to Our Lady of Czestochowa, according to the website for Human Life International.  . . .

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