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Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - 16 July
Last edited 16th July 2014

The feast day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel falls on July 16, and recalls the foundation of the Carmelite religious order in the 12th century. Tradition says that the founder, Berthold, came from southern France but when venturing in the Holy Land came to encounter fierce soldiers. After a vision of Christ, he went to Mt. Carmel and built a small chapel there, soon joined by hermits who all lived there in community in imitation of Elijah.

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Document Revealing Our Lady of Fatima 'Secret' Now Online
Last edited 15th July 2014

For the very first time, the manuscript that's believed to reveal the third secret of Our Lady of Fatima, has been uploaded online. With the approval of Pope Francis, the Sanctuary of Fatima, posted the document on its website-intact and original, as part of the 'Secret and Revelation' exhibit.


Becoming More Like Mary
Last edited 28th May 2014

The month of May, Mary's month, is coming to a close. But our devotion to her should have increased and continue to grow as we go forward. Devotion to Our Lady can lead us to follow her example more closely, and as a result, we can draw closer to her Son, Jesus. How can we become more like Mary? Watch this video for more.


Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia - Feast Day 24 May
Last edited 28th May 2014

The feast day of Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844 but the history to this day dates back to the start of the 1800's.

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John Paul II on "Mother of the Redeemer"
Last edited 21st May 2014

May is a time to celebrate the woman who made salvation possible by saying 'yes' to God. Watch this video to reflect on the words of St. John Paul II about Mary, Mother of the Redeemer.


Soldiers Lay Down Weapons for Rosaries as they Pray, Pay Homage to Mary
Last edited 20th May 2014

It looked like any other military parade with bands playing, flags waving and thousands of men and women marching in colorful uniforms decorated with medals and ribbons. But instead of impressive displays of tanks and trucks, troops from dozens of nations fell in line behind religious banners, a large wooden cross and a rose-strewn statue of Mary. Candles and rosaries - not weapons or rifles - were held aloft in soldiers' hands.

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Mary's Guidance - Pope's Evangelisation Intention for May 2014
Last edited 21st May 2014

This month, Pope Francis has asked Catholics everywhere to pray: "That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations." Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Francis' evangelisation intention for May 2014 in this video.


Sanctuaries of Fatima and Aparecida will Jointly Celebrate their Anniversaries in 2017
Last edited 13th May 2014

The year 2017 will be full of celebrations for the sanctuaries of Fatima and Aparecida. The first will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Portugal. Aparecida will mark 300 years of the discovery of the image venerated in Brazil. The bishop of Leiria-Fatima and the archbishop of Aparecida will mark these anniversaries with a joint celebration.


Learn to Pray the Rosary in May
Last edited 13th May 2014

The month of May is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, and what better way to honour Our Lady than by learning to pray the Rosary! If you already know how to pray the Rosary, make an effort to invite someone to pray the Rosary with you this May.

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Pope's General Audience: May, Month of the Holy Rosary
Last edited 7th May 2014

During his general audience on Wednesday 7 May 2014, Pope Francis urged the faithful to invoke Mary's intercession “so that the Lord may grant mercy and peace to the Church and to all the world”, and encouraged them to take special care to pray the rosary during this month of May.

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