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History of Our Lady Perpetual Help Icon

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, founded in 1890, is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the Tampa Bay area. Following is the history of this famous icon. OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP Rome, Latium, Italy 1495The original sacred picture of “Our Mother of Perpetual Help” is fittingly venerated in a church named

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Heroic Effort Made to Spare Church

By JANIS D. FROELICH of The Tampa Tribune YBOR CITY – Wearing a blue ball cap, the Rev. Thomas Stokes stood in the sun watching waves of heat and smoke moving precariously close to the church compound he knows so well. Stokes, across the street from the sanctuary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman

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