Lucas Cranach the Elder, Pietà, Vatican Museum, Art Gallery, © Musei Vaticani
May you who reached Calvary,
ever-deeply united to your Son
who from the Cross gave you as mother
to the disciple John,
also make us feel you are always
close in each moment of our lives,
especially in times of darkness and trial.
(Pope Benedict XVI, Prayer to Mary Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna, 8 December 2005).
Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza