Replica of icon Our Lady of Czestochowa arrives at Pax Christi Church

May 7, 2014 

A replica of the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa was welcomed at Pax Christi Church in Lexington on Wednesday, part of its world tour called "From Ocean to Ocean."

It is being supervised by Human Life International, a pro-life organization, with Father Peter West as its caretaker.

It will be on display at Pax Christi until after a farewell service at 9:30 Thursday morning; then it moves on to Hillsboro, Ohio; Cincinnati; and Chicago.

Human Life International's website says the Czestochowa icon is one of Christianity's holiest relics, revered by Catholics and some other Christian sects and dating to Saint Luke. It is often referred to as the "Black Madonna" because of damage that changed the visage in 1432.

The traveling replica was made in Poland in 2012, touched to the original and blessed by Archbishop Stanislaw Nowak.

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