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A detail of an 18th century copy of the icon of the Salus Populi Romani (Protectress of the Roman People). The original painting is kept in the archbasilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The image has since long been considered a true portrait of Mary, as according to legend it was painted by St Luke.

Pope Francis prays at Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome Pope Francis prays in front of the icon of "Salus Populi Romani," (health of the Roman people)

Pope Francis prays at Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome Pope Francis prays in front of the icon of "Salus Populi Romani," (health of the Roman people)

St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican City, Rome, Italy

San Clemente. Gorgeous 12th century mosaic work and hidden beneath the basilica is a 2nd century mithraeum.

adorning one of two Holy Water fonts at St Peter's Basilica | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Moses - St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli) Rome, Italy - Michelangelo sculpted this figure 1513 -1515. Are therehorns on his head? It was the way Moses was depicted then.

Ceiling detail St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican.