Pope's favorite Madonna icon in Rome gets face-lift

ROME — Pope Francis' favorite icon of the Madonna in Rome has gotten a face-lift.

The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled photos of the restored Salus populi Romani, the Byzantine-style painting on wood located inside the St. Mary Major Basilica. The icon, revered by Romans, will be displayed to the public Sunday, when Francis celebrates a special Mass at the basilica.

Francis famously slipped out of the Vatican the morning after his election as pope to pray before the icon. Before and after every foreign trip, he goes to the basilica to pray before it and leaves a bouquet of white roses.

The head of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, said the restoration uncovered the "delicate" colors of Mary and Jesus, and the brilliance of the child's golden robe.

Must Read

Fire kills 24 people in drug treatment center in...

Mar 2, 2018

US-AZERBAIJAN-FIRE:Fire kills 24 people in drug treatment center in Azerbaijan

Hamilton looks for luck to change amid 3-way...

Apr 26, 2018

Lewis Hamilton needs his luck to change in Azerbaijan

Ice packs: Cigarette smugglers find frozen route...

Jan 19, 2018

US-LITHUANIA-SMUGGLING:Ice packs: Cigarette smugglers find frozen route to Lithuania

UN food agency warns South Sudan conflict is...

May 30, 2017

The head of the UN's farm agency is warning that conflict in South Sudan could undermine hopes of...

Widening egg scandal hits 17 countries in Europe

Aug 11, 2017

A costly scandal over tainted eggs has the EU planning a summit for its ministers and food safety...

Sign up now!

The Healthier Web delivers accurate and up-to-date health information through medical content and insights from experts. Feel the ‘ohm’ here in The Healthier Web.

Contact us: sales[at]thehealthierweb.com