This beautiful history of the famous painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was translated from the original Italian by Fr. Francis J. Connell, C.SS.R. and originally published in 1940.
Tradition holds that the original of this miraculous painting was created by Saint Luke the Evangelist* and that the most famous copy of it is now in Rome. This is the story of that painting.
*The original was destroyed by the Moslem invaders who conquered Constantinople in 1453. It had been venerated there since the 5th century.