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Borghese Chapel and Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of St. Mary Major Salus Populi Romani, or Health of the Roman People due to a miracle in which the icon helped keep plague from the city is perhaps the oldest Marian image in Rome, Italy. The icon is at least a thousand years old, and according to a tradition was painted from life by St Luke the Evangelist using the wooden table of the Holy Family in Nazareth.

The Borghese (or Pauline) Chapel with the Salus Populi Romani icon, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

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)