May 26

marian calendar     may

Nossa Senhora de Caravaggio, Farroupilha, Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Original image dated 1724

In 1879, Italians from Lombardy built a chapel for their settlement in southern Brazil. Short on sacred art, they dedicated the chapel to the saint someone offered a picture of, the Madonna di Caravaggio. Today the shrine hosts over a million pilgrims annually, second in popularity only to the shrine of Brazil's national patron, Our Lady of Aparecida. The pilgrimage to Farroupilha on the fourth Sunday in May commemorates an apparition that took place on May 26, 1432 near the Lombard town of Caravaggio (where the famous painter lived in the next century). Giannetta De' Vacchi Varoli was cutting hay in a field when the Virgin appeared. After Signora Varoli told the townsfolk of the Virgin's requests for penance and a chapel, people visiting the field found a new spring arisen, soon proven to have miraculous and healing powers. The apparition anniversary became a day of pilgrimage to the shrine of Santa Maria del Fonte built at the site, and devotion to the Madonna of Caravaggio spread through the region and eventually around the world. Sources: "La Cittā - Guida turistica - Dal Santuario," Sito Ufficiale del Comune di Caravaggio - Bergamo,; Ghileana Galli, "Brazil, a country like… Veneto!" ItalPlanet, No. 44, March-April 2007,; Santuário de Caravaggio, (images).

1885 statues by Pietro Stangherlin 

Also commemorated this date:

Notre-Dame des Victoires, Chalvignac, Cantal, Auvergne, France. Statue in roundabout inaugurated, 1867.
Madonna della Fonte, Caravaggio, Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy. Apparition, 1432.
Beata Vergine di Caravaggio, Ghedi, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
Madonna di Caravaggio all'Androla, Cevo, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
Madonna di Caravaggio, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Madonna di Pinč, Baselga di Pinč, Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. Apparitions, 1729 & 1730. Town's patronal feast.
Madonna di Caravaggio, Teviggio di Varese Ligure, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
Nostra Madre del Buon Consiglio, Torre del Greco, Napoli, Campania, Italy (Our Mother of Good Counsel). Festa delle Rose.
Madonna Addolorata, Cefalā Diana, Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Apparition, 1967.
Madonna dei Miracoli, Collesano, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Maria Santissima Immacolata, Bitonto, Bari, Apulia, Italy
Nuestra Seņora de Fátima, Montellano, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Madonna del Ponte, Cevio, Ticino, Switzerland. Church consecrated, 1690. Festa Sun. after Easter.
Virgen de la Altagracia, Miami, Florida, USA, Allapatah district. First stone placed for mission church, Corpus Christi Parish, 2002.
Madonna delle Milizie, Patrona di Scicli, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
Matka Boża Trybunalska, Piotrków Trybunalski, Grodzki, Lodz, Poland. Benedict XVI crowned icon, 2006.
Matka Boża Wspomozenia Wiernych, Lipowiec, Dukla, Krosnienski, Subcarpathia, Poland (Help of Christians). Apparition, 1949.
Madonna di Caravaggio, Stabio, Mendrisio, Ticino, Switzerland
Blessed Virgin Mary, Lodonga, Arua, Uganda. Basilica consecrated, 1961.
Our Lady Queen of Peace, New Castle, Delaware. Monumental steel statue dedicated, 2007.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly