Since 1920, pilots and travelers have prayed to the Virgin Mary to keep them safe while in the air. Marking this milestone anniversary of the declaration of Our Lady of Loreto as the patron saint of aviation and aviators, earlier in 2019 Pope Francis conceded a Lauretan Jubilee for all air travelers.
This Jubilee is also a “traveling Jubilee”. One image of the Virgin will touch the airports of the regions of Italy (from Turin to Bari, from Venice to Palermo); another will visit the military departments and the other will travel to the main airports of the five continents (from Buenos Aires to New York, from Toronto to the main European capitals, from Beirut to Manila and the Fiji Islands). These travels will represent the Mother’s embrace of the whole world.
The statue of Our Lady of Loreto arrived at JFK on January 19. On February 3 it flew to Toronto and on February 14 will fly back to Rome.