Countdown to WYD: Meeting the Queen of Poland at Częstochowa
By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
Each year, one painting draws millions of pilgrims and tourists to the non-descript Polish city of Częstochowa. Nestled in the industrial town of 300,000 is the historic monastery of Jasna Góra (meaning Mountain of Light), where the painting is housed. The painting, of course, is Our Lady of Częstochowa, also known as the Black Madonna.