This! ^ These words from Mary started it all! Thank God for the Virgin Mary!
Yes, “Thank God for the Virgin Mary!”
" I am black but beautiful, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Cedar, as the curtains of Solomon. " ( Song of Songs 1:5)
When Pope John XXIII created Laurean Rugambwa cardinal priest in the consistory of March 28, 1960 , the first African member of the Sacred College of Cardinals in history , Pope John greeted him with words from this verse .
Pope John said to Cardinal Laurean Rugambwa , " You are black but beautiful ."
A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory