1650: Once again the Black Madonna
has to hide from her enemies. This time the villagers bury her in
1684/5: As before, she is rediscovered.(*3)
1710: the Croatian parliament vows to fund a new
altar in the church, which is done in 1715.
1750: Pope Benedict XIV grants plenary indulgence
(remission of sins) to pilgrims who go to confession and receive
the Eucharist in Marija Bistrica.
1879 to 1882: a new church is built to replace
the old one, with arcades around it decorated with 22 paintings
of the miracles granted by Marija Bistrica. During the construction
a fire destroys all of the church except the statue and the main
1923: Pope Pius XI grants the rebuilt church
the status of a minor basilica.
1935: Antun Bauer, the archbishop of Zagreb,
officially crowns the statue Queen of Croatia.
1938-1960: Blessed Aloysius Stepinac, a great
lover of this Black Madonna, is archbishop of Zagreb and leads annual
pilgrimages to her as long as he can. The last one takes place on
July 8, 1945 and draws 40-50,000 faithful. Then the Soviets forbid
October 3, 1998: 500,000 Croatians are in attendance
as Pope John Paul II visits Marija Bistrica to beatify Cardinal
Aloysius Stepinac, who had defended the Jews during the Nazi occupation
and publicly criticized Communist crimes under Soviet occupation.(*4)