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From Loreto to Guadalupe: An 18th century 'Marian Atlas' includes it all

2014-02-08

Nowadays, there are all kinds of maps, but back in the 18th century a Jesuit priest had the unique idea of designing a Marian Atlas, focusing precisely on sites connected to Our Lady. 

SILVANO M. MAGGIANI OSM
Marian Expert 
"This volume is the third of seven. It highlights information based on both political and of course geographical points.” 

It was late Fr. Henricus Scherer who moved the project forward. There had been other attempts before, but never this complete. He noted the world's most famous shrines, with a ring and the least popular with a star. 

MSGR. GIOVANNI TONUCCI
Pontifical Delegate of the Sanctuary of Loreto
"What is surprising is the accuracy of the information and it's interesting to see just how many sanctuaries already existed back then. Especially, for example in Latin America, where Christianity arrived about two centuries before the publication.” 

From Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico to the Italian town of Loreto and from Africa to India, the map includes it all. The volume was so popular that at one point only three copies were left. But an Italian publisher took action, printing almost 450 additional copies of this unique Marian Atlas, that for centuries has traveled the world. 


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