The image of the ancient sacred Black Madonna revered by Polish catholics seen after its redecoration in the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, southern Poland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2005. The new cover made of nine kilograms of amber and almost a thousand diamonds, blessed on Friday, is the newest of a selection of six covers which decorate the depiction of the Virgin Mary and her son Jesus Christ on different occasions and was donated by Polish catholics as a gesture of gratitude for the papacy of the late Polish-born Pope John Paul II. (AP Photo/Jacek Sroda)
By ELA KASPRZYCKA Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland Aug 26, 2005 — Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics gathered at Poland’s holiest shrine Friday to pray as the revered Black Madonna of Czestochowa icon was given a new covering, including gold crowns donated by the late Pope John Paul II, as well as amber and diamonds.
The Polish-born pontiff’s secretary, the Rev. Stanislaw Dziwisz, presided over a Mass and other ceremonies at the Jasna Gora shrine in the southern city of Czestochowa. In attendance were dozens of church leaders, including Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, Germany, Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit and Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston.