Students of art history will notice that this stone relief, featuring Mary and the Child Jesus with Sts. Peter and Paul, is very medieval in its design and execution. This carving sits over the door of the sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel in Puglia, southern Italy. Although the figures are a little worn by the weather, they still stand out proudly.
It is worth taking a moment to think about how many centuries have passed since this image was carved, and how many pilgrims have looked at it, and how many kings and kingdoms have risen and fallen. Mary is still wearing her crown, and St. Peter still has his keys. Nothing in the news should ever disturb a Catholic.