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Meet the 4 Madonnas in Lolo Kiko’s Life

Pope Francis' love for Mama Mary is not just a matter of heart, but also of spirit.

It is no secret that our dear Lolo Kiko adores Mama Mary so much. His love for her is much like that of a son to his mother. As a matter of fact, whenever the Pope passes a statue or icon of Mary, he would kiss it or rest his hand tenderly upon it, and pray.

A clear indication of his unwavering beliefs, the Pope’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin teaches us the value of faith and motherhood! My Pope traces four beautiful images of the Virgin Mary that our dear Lolo Kiko so lovingly adores. (Read: Four fun facts that prove Pope Francis’ love for Mama Mary)

Our Lady of Aparecida

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Photo from AnaStpaul

During the Pope’s first apostolic visit to Brazil in 2013, he visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Sao Paulo—an occasion which he says gave him utter joy and grace. And who can blame our Lolo Kiko? The smile of Our Lady of Aparecida can easily make anyone feel positive and hopeful. “When looking for Christ, the Church always knocks on the Mother’s house and says ‘show us Jesus,'” he says. “It is from her that one learns true discipleship.”

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

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Video screenshot from The Catholic Company YouTube channel

The story of how Pope Francis fell in love with the image of Mary, Undoer of Knots is quite interesting. His faith in the Blessed Virgin is so strong that to this day, the Pope keeps one image of her in his home at Casa Santa Marta. Lolo Kiko believes that we all have knots in our hearts, and that “Our good Father wants us to trust her, that we entrust to her the knots of our evils, the tangles of our miseries.”

Our Lady of Lujàn

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The Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office issued a stamp with a reproduction of a painting by the Spanish artist, Raúl Berzosa Fernández. It is a special gift for all of Pope Francis’ allies of solidarity to see the celebration of his 80th birthday in “covenant” with the Our Lady of Luján, who he loves very much. (Image from Schoenstatt.org)

The Our Lady of Lujàn is the patroness of the Pope’s native Argentina. Stories tell that when the Pope was still a bishop and a cardinal, he would visit the image’s sanctuary—which is about 70 km from his home in Buenos Aires—several times. In 2019, Lolo Kiko even blessed a statue of Our Lady of Lujàn, which was going to be returned to Argentina. (Read: Married by Jorge: Couple Reminisces Wedding With Pope Francis)

Madonna Salus Populi Romani

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Pope Francis prays in front of the Marian icon “Salus Populi Romani” at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome March 15, 2020. (Photo from CNS photo / Vatican Media / America Magazine)

The image can be seen at the chapel of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. It is one of the church’s most beloved works of art—and of course, a favorite of Pope Francis! Since the beginning of his pontificate, Lolo Kiko has placed a strong emphasis on his fondness for the Marian image. When he once visited the image, he said, “It’s nice to be able to visit the maternal home and feel the tenderness of the Mother’s kind presence.” (Read: Meet the Women in Pope Francis’ Life)

 


Text by Tiziana Lupi and Mark Baccay

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