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Mary Untier of Knots, a special advocation for Pope Francis

2013-08-22

Pope Francis has displayed a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, over the course of his first six months as Pope. That includes his visit to the Aparecida Shrine during WYD in Rio.

But there's another German advocation that he has shows fondness to, Mary Untier of Knots.

MSGR. EDUARDO GARCIA
Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires

"It's a German advocation, and that same face full of surprise, we placed it in Argentina when he first enthroned a depiction at a parish. Mary Untier of the Knots is Our Lady who unties all problems in life, and frees us from the deceptions the Devil bounds us to.”

Pope Francis discovered this Marian advocation when he lived in Germany in the 1980s, while he researched the works of theologian Romano Guardini.

He was drawn to the significance of Mary Untier of Knots so much that when he returned home he promoted her devotion. Today, the image is honored by thousands in Argentina.

MSGR. EDUARDO GARCIA
Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires

"It's a deep devotion to Our Lady, so deep that in the parish where he enthroned the depiction, it has naturally become a sanctuary. In other words, large groups of people are drawn to the image.”

Mary Untier of Knots is a depiction of the Immaculate Conception, so her feast day is also celebrated on December 8. Her image was painted by Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner, at the start of the Eighteenth Century.


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