Our Lady of the Rosary to be Honored in the Vatican Gardens Permanently

Source: FSSPX News

Guatemala is going to receive a place of honor in the Vatican thanks to a mosaic representing Our Lady of the Rosary, patroness of this Latin American country where half the population is Catholic.

“As of May 29, the pope will have a part of our country in the Vatican gardens,” read the headlines of Publinews on April 4, 2018. The project, baptized as “The Virgin of the Rosary in the Vatican gardens,” was carried out by the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala and the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The mosaic will decorate the gardens where Pope Francis recites his daily rosary.

Archbishop Nicolas Thévenin, apostolic nuncio in this country with a population of 16 million, rejoiced at this initiative.

The image of Our Lady of the Rosary, begun in September 2017, is about 4 ft. by 6 ft. She is surrounded by a rosary and the background imitates a fabric that is typical of the country. More than ten different artisans are still working on the mosaic in two different workshops in Florence. The frame is made of marble.

The Guatemalan ambassador to the Holy See, Alfredo Vásquez, explained that he presented the sovereign pontiff with three images of the Blessed Virgin with different mantles, one red, one white and one blue, and Francis chose the blue. The work will be a testimony to “the excellent bilateral relations between Guatemala and the Holy See,” declared the diplomat.

The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X is present in Guatemala. Its main house is the priory of Our Lady of Fatima in the country’s capital, the seat of the Autonomous House of Central America and the Caribbean, erected by Bishop Bernard Fellay on September 29, 2017.

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