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Mosaic of Mary, “Mater Ecclesiae”

October 19th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

From Opus Dei

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In an article published in “L’Osservatore Romano,” Javier Cotelo recounts how the mosaic dedicated to Mary, “Mother of the Church,” came to be placed in St. Peter’s square, in December 1981.

October 07, 2011
Javier Cotelo // L’Osservatore Romano

“One of the most recent architectural features in St. Peter’s square is the mosaic dedicated to Mary Mater Ecclesiae, inscribed with the words Totus Tuus, a sign of Blessed John Paul II’s immense affection for our Lady.

I had the privilege of knowing something about the origin of the decision to put up this mosaic, a reflection of Blessed John Paul II’s special relationship with young people and his deep sense of gratitude.

During Holy Week in 1980, Pope John Paul II received in audience several thousand young people who came to Rome for the UNIV Conference, an international meeting of university students who take part in activities at centers of Opus Dei throughout the world. This yearly event, which began in 1968, combines the desire to spend the Holy Week Triduum in Rome, the city of Peter, with activities of cultural enrichment for the students.

At the end of the audience, one of the young people there, Julio Nieto, told the Holy Father that among all …”

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2 Responses to “Mosaic of Mary, “Mater Ecclesiae””

  1. avatar christian says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!

  2. avatar Raymond F. Rice says:

    It is similar to the mosaic over the altar in the pastoral center on Buffalo Road. I believe that both of them were probably done by the Vatican Workshop.

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