When the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the Venustiano Carranza Stadium, in the drug-infested area of Morelia, one image which caught my attention was of a beautiful Madonna robed in blue. She was a serene presence, standing to the right of the altar, her elaborately embroidered blue cape spread wide to reveal a white tunic. Pope Francis paused before the statue at the end of Mass to pray.

But what was the title of this image? This, I later learned, was Our Lady of Health.

What is the story of this beautiful Madonna? Read my article in the National Catholic Register.


Image:  A statue of Our Lady of Health from Patzcuaro during Mass with Pope Francis at Venustiano Carranza Stadium in Morelia, Mexico, on February 16, 2016. (David Ramos/CNA)