Immaculate Conception

Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace as he gives his Angelus address for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Announces Catholic Church’s First World Day of Children

Dec 8, 2023

The event was inspired by a 9-year-old boy named Alessandro, who proposed the idea to the pope to have an international event for younger children.

The House of Mary community poses for a photo on Dec. 8, 1994, in St. Peter's Square, the first time they brought their blue banner with the words "The Immaculate Conception will Triumph" to the Angelus with Pope John Paul II. The group has continued to bring the banner to every Sunday Angelus for 29 years. | Credit: Comunita Casa di Maria

The Story Behind the Immaculate Conception Banner at Every Vatican Angelus

Dec 8, 2023

The banner’s declaration recalls the Marian spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who had a special devotion to the Immaculate Conception.

A firefighter scales a long ladder to the top of a nearly 40-foot-high column to pay tribute at dawn to the Blessed Virgin with a wreath of flowers on Dec. 8, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

PHOTOS: Pope Francis Honors Virgin Mary on Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2023

Pope Francis prayed in front of a statue of the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Spanish Steps, which sits atop a nearly 40-foot-high column.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dec 8, 2023

"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."

Women from All over the World Pray the Rosary on Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 9, 2022

On Dec. 8, the day the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, thousands of women in different countries around the world gathered to pray the holy rosary for peace and for the defense of life.

Pope Francis visits the statue dedicated to the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2022. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Calls on Catholics to Entrust Themselves to Our Lady, Prays for Peace in Ukraine

Dec 8, 2022

On Thursday, Pope Francis publicly visited the statue dedicated to the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Piazza di Spagna for the first time in two years. 

Archbishop Andrew Nkea of Cameroon's Bamenda Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Saturate Mother Mary, Queen of peace with prayers for peace": Archbishop in Cameroon

Dec 9, 2021

The Archbishop of Cameroon’s Archdiocese of Bamenda has called for prayers for peace in the Central African nation through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of peace.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 8, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Hails "the beauty of Mary’s heart" on Immaculate Conception Solemnity

Dec 8, 2021

The pope leads the Angelus prayer on Marian solemnities, as well as Sundays.

Pope Francis prays before the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2020. Vatican Media.

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis Cancels Public Act of Veneration again Due to Pandemic

Nov 29, 2021

Last year, the pope made a surprise visit to pray alone at the Immaculate Conception statue.

Pope Francis delivers an Angelus address overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Credit: Vatican Media.

The Immaculate Conception is "one of the wonders of the story of salvation": Pope Francis

Dec 8, 2020

The Immaculate Conception is “one of the wonders of the story of salvation,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Tuesday.

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, CAR, during Closing  Mass of Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Ngoukomba, Saturday, December 7, 2019 / ACI Africa

“Do justice to creation, it keeps shouting at us”: African Cardinal to Pilgrims in CAR

Dec 9, 2019

During the concluding Mass of the Annual National Pilgrimage in the Central African Republic (CAR) Saturday, December 7, the Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga called on the congregation of close to 25,000 pilgrims to make every effort to care for creation and have a sense of responsibility in the example of Mary.

Statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome's Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

"You never stop loving your children": Pope Francis' Prayer for the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2019

For the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Francis Sunday venerated a statue of the Virgin Mary located in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, reciting a prayer he wrote for the occasion.

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.