The Marian Cross was on the personal coat of arms of Pope John Paul II. A similar design had appeared over a century earlier on the Miraculous Medal due to a Marian apparition to Saint Catherine Labouré in 1830, where the M represents the Virgin Mary standing at the foot of the cross during the Crucifixion of Jesus.

The Marian Cross was on the personal coat of arms of Pope John Paul II. A similar design had appeared over a century earlier on the Miraculous Medal due to a Marian apparition to Saint Catherine Labouré in 1830, where the M represents the Virgin Mary standing at the foot of the cross during the Crucifixion of Jesus.

This statue of Our Lady of Lourdes stands in the rock of Massabielle, in the very spot where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St Bernadette Soubirous 155 years ago in 1858.

This statue of Our Lady of Lourdes stands in the rock of Massabielle, in the very spot where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St Bernadette Soubirous 155 years ago in 1858.

Mary - announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive - Jacob Kapkov

Mary - announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive - Jacob Kapkov

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