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Our Lady of Pompeii

Where:  Pompeii, Italy

When:   Year 1871 and Year 1884

History: 

Pompeii is a city near Naples in the Italian region of Campania

This city was devastated by the by the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius  in 79 AD.

Baroto Longo was born in 1841 in Laziano, Italy. He was the son of a doctor and a mother who was a devout catholic. From an early age, his mother made sure he developed great love for our Lady through the rosary. Bartolo became a third order Dominican in 1871, and took the name Brother Rosario.

Bartolo arrived in Pompeii in the year 1872. He was accompanied by two armed escorts for protection from bandits in the area. He was filled with great pity at the ignorance , poverty and lack of religion in the area. While he was walking through the parish on October 9th, he heard a voice say to him: "If you seek salvation, promulgate the Rosary. This is Mary's own promise." . The words moved his heart, and he promised The Blessed Virgin to do all he could to promote the rosary among the people of the area.

A miracle of  Our Lady of Pompeii:

Fortuna Agrelli, a young girl from Naples, was suffering from a painful, incurable disease. On February 16th, 1884, the afflicted girl and her relatives started a novena of Rosaries, The Queen of the Rosary appeared to her on March 3rd. Mary was sitting on a high throne and was surrounded by luminous figures, and Held the divine child (Jesus) on her lap, and a rosary in Her hand. Fortuna addressed her as "Queen of the rosary" and asked for her cure.  Mary replied that, since she had called her by a title pleasing to her, she could not refuse her request.  The virgin asked the girl to offer three novenas of the rosary to obtain her request.

The child was, indeed, cured, and Our Lady then told her, “Whoever desires to obtain favors should pray three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary in petition and three in thanksgiving,” which is how the Rosary Novena began.

Bartolo Longo:

Born:  10th February 1841

Died: 5th October 1926

Beatified:  26th October 1980