Monday, 27-10-2014.Pope Francis welcomed and blessed hundreds of Peruvian pilgrims at the St. Peter’s Square in Rome on the occasion of the Lord of Miracles’ procession through the Vatican.
The holy father recalled the beatification of Mother Assunta Marchetti. Afterwards he adressed incense burners, women singers, and carriers who were dressed in purple, and came to Angelus in procession for praying and singing.
The pope said: “I greet all the pilgrims. My thoughts go in a special way to the Peruvian community in Rome , who are here present with the sacred image of our Lord of the Miracles. How beautiful!”
After the Angelus, the holy Mass procession was co-celebrated with a group of Peruvian priests and the Auxiliary Bishop of Rome in the St.Peters Basilica.
During his sermon, Monsignor Zuppi mentioned the importance of celebrating a mass along with the Lord of Miracles at the altar of St. Peters. He also mentioned that the Altar of the St. Peters is strongly united to the Pope and the whole Church.
In the 17th century, an anonymous freedman from Lima painted The Lord of Miracles (el Senor de los Milagros). It was an image of the Christ crucified. Especially among Peruvians, the Lord of Miracles (El Senor de los Milagros) became a focus of deep venerations and intense devotion.