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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dec 8, 2022

"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin."

Today, November 21, We Celebrate Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Nov 21, 2022

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated annually on November 21st, commemorates the presentation of the Blessed Virgin as a child by her parents in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Today, October 7, We Celebrate Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Oct 7, 2022

On October 7, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast day takes place in honor of a 16th century naval victory which secured Europe against Turkish invasion. 

Pope Francis met participants in the Syro-Malabar Youth Leaders Conference on 18 June 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

The Virgin Mary Teaches Us "to live eucharistically": Pope Francis

Jun 18, 2022

The Blessed Virgin Mary never allowed herself to be “paralyzed by pride or fear,” but she arose and went with haste to humbly offer a helping hand, the pope told young Catholics on Saturday.

Today, May 31, We Celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary

May 31, 2022

Assuming that the Annunciation and the Incarnation took place around the time of the vernal equinox, Mary left Nazareth at the end of March and went over the mountains to Hebron, south of Jerusalem, to wait upon her cousin Elizabeth. 

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Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Directs “a more vigorous May devotion” to Mary for Peace

May 1, 2022

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese has directed the people of God under his pastoral care to “a more vigorous May devotion to the mother of Jesus” for an end to violent conflicts globally and in the West African nation.

Fr. Vincent Mrio addressing participants during the Friday, March 18 webinar organized by the Mariological Society of America. Credit:  Sr. Olga Massango

At Virtual Event, Tanzanian Priest Offers Insights into Mary as “icon of African women”

Mar 18, 2022

A Tanzanian Catholic Priest has, at a virtual event, offered insights into the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary as an “icon of African women.”

Today, February 11: We Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Feb 11, 2022

On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous.

Pope Francis offers Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in St. Peter's Basilica on January 1, 2022. © Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN/Vatican Pool

Let Us Place the New Year 2022 Under the Protection of Mary: Pope Francis

Jan 1, 2022

Pope Francis’ first public act of 2022 was to offer Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God.

Today, Saturday, January 1, We Celebrate Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Dec 31, 2021

The title “Mother of God” goes back to the third or fourth century, but the Greek term Theotokos (“The God-bearer”) was officially consecrated as Catholic doctrine at the Council of Ephesus in 431, thus becoming the first Marian dogma. At the end of the Council of Ephesus, crowds of people marched through the streets shouting: “Praised be the Theotokos!”

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021. Vatican Media.

Let’s Focus on Helping Others This Christmas: Pope Francis

Dec 19, 2021

A good way to get out of a negative mood is to help others, following the example of Mary, who went to help her pregnant cousin Elizabeth, Pope Francis said.

Today, December 12, We Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 12, 2021

In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to Saint Juan Diego, a poor Indian from Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City. She identified herself as the Mother of the True God and instructed him to have the bishop build a church on the site. As a sign for the bishop, she left an image of herself imprinted miraculously on his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth. The tilma should have deteriorated within 20 years but shows no sign of decay after over 470 years. To this day it defies all scientific explanations of its origin.

Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. null

Mary Teaches us to Listen to “the voices of the forgotten”: Pope Francis in Message

Sep 8, 2021

He was addressing participants in the 25th International Mariological Marian Congress.

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address at the Vatican July 25, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invokes Intercession of Mary for Ongoing Regional Sisters in Africa Plenary

Aug 25, 2021

Pope Francis has sent his Apostolic blessings for the ongoing 18th Plenary Assembly of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA).

Pope Francis speaks at the at the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens on May 31st, 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

“Humility is the way that leads to heaven”: Pope Francis on Solemnity of Assumption

Aug 15, 2021

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis gave a reminder that God exalts those who humble themselves.

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Pope Francis Asks Mary "Mother of Hope" to Intercede for Nigeria's Persecuted Christians

Aug 15, 2020

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mother of Hope,” for Nigeria’s persecuted Christians and for peace in conflicts in Africa.

Pope Francis offers Mass in Gyumri, Armenia June 25, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Mary’s Assumption into Heaven was a "giant leap for mankind": Pope Francis

Aug 15, 2020

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis said that Mary’s assumption into Heaven was an infinitely greater achievement than man’s first steps on the moon.

Pope Francis holds a rosary during a general audience Aug. 7, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Unite Through Praying the Rosary in May

Apr 25, 2020

Pope Francis sent a letter Saturday encouraging Catholics to pray the rosary throughout May. He also shared two new prayers to implore the help of the Virgin Mary during the coronavirus pandemic.

Priests in the Archdiocese of Douala reciting the Rosary with the Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary during Monday's Procession around the city of Douala, Cameroon. / ACI Africa

Cameroon’s Douala Archdiocese Entrusted to “protection of the Virgin Mary” amid COVID-19

Mar 25, 2020

As governments in Africa struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, with some nations seeking divine intervention by holding National Prayer Days, the Catholic Church in Cameroon’s Douala Archdiocese held a prayer procession to entrust the central African state to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis prays before Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope: Mary's Immaculate Conception the Start of the Fulfillment of God's Plan

Dec 8, 2019

With Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, God was, even before Mary’s birth, putting into motion his plan of salvation for the world, Pope Francis said Sunday.