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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.

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!”

Assumption of the Virgin Mary, fresco painting in San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy. / Zvonimir Atletic / Shutterstock.

The Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven Explained

Aug 15, 2020

On Aug. 15, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven.

Pope Francis offers a blessing from the window of the Apostolic Palance April 26, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Asks for Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood on Good Shepherd Sunday

May 3, 2020

Pope Francis called on all Catholics to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life on Good Shepherd Sunday, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Pope Francis blesses an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Mary helps Christians enter heaven through the 'narrow gate'

Aug 27, 2019

The way to heaven is difficult and the gate to enter small, but Jesus’ mother, Mary, who herself entered through the narrow gate, will help those who ask, Pope Francis said Sunday.