July 11

Madonna del Carmine, Combarbio di Anghiari, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

A 12-year-old shepherdess, Marietta Del Mazza, reported apparitions of the Virgin on July 11, 1536 and days following. When news spread through the region, along with reports of miracles attributed to the Virgin's intercession, the bishops of Arezzo and Sansepolcro conducted an investigation and authorized a shrine at the apparition site. Completed in 1539, the sanctuary was staffed by the Franciscan order at first, then by the Carmelites until 1782. Since 1987 it has been under the jurisdiction of the local bishop. Like many contemporary works of the Florentine school, the miraculous painting shows the infant St. John the Baptist pointing to the Child Jesus. (Information from www.diocesi.arezzo.it; picture of 1500s painting from web.rete.toscana.it.)  

Also celebrated this date:

bulletOur Lady of the Southern Cross, Sydney, Australia. New painting unveiled in Catholic cathedral, 1988. Feast May 24.
bulletOnze Lieve Vrouw van Groeninghe, Kortrijk, West Flanders, Belgium
bulletNotre-Dame de l'Immaculée-Conception, Neussargues, Cantal, Auvergne, France. Church blessed, 1853.
bulletBeata Vergine del Carmine, Sorrento, Napoli, Campania, Italy. Icon crowned, 1880.
bullet Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Centro, Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. Church dedicated, 1880; feast Dec. 12.
bulletMatka Boska Świętolipska, Święta Lipka, Reszel, Kętrzyn, Warmia-Mazuria, Poland. Icon crowned, 1968.
bulletNotre-Dame de la Visitation, Martigny, Valais, Switzerland. Church consecrated, 1683.
bulletMother of God of Three Hands, Blagodatnoye, Volnovakha, Donetsk, Ukraine (June 28 Julian). Also July 12 / 25.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly