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Feast Day of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland
Last edited 25th August 2014

For Polish Catholics, 26 August marks the feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa.The shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa looks down on the present day industrial city of Czestochowa, a city of some one hundred and sixty thousand persons, on the Warta River in South Central Poland, from a hill called Jasna Gora, the Mountain of Light, named after the white rock that forms it.

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Into Heaven: A Reflection for the Feast of the Assumption
Last edited 25th August 2014

Celebrated every year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates her assumption into Heaven, body and soul - which is a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because today signifies the Blessed Virgin's passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means all Catholics should attend Mass! Watch this video for a reflection on today's beautiful celebration.

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The Assumption - Holy Mother's Heavenly Birthday
Last edited 14th August 2014

The Assumption of Mary celebrates the Virgin Mother's transportation to Heaven at the end of her life and will be commemorated by Catholics across the world tomorrow, Friday, 15 August.

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The Story Behind the Feast Day of St. Mary Major and Why It's Important to Pope Francis
Last edited 5th August 2014

On 5th August we celebrated the feast day of the Dedication of Saint Mary Major - a devotion that is very close to the heart of Pope Francis. The Holy father visited the Basilica of Saint Mary Major before traveling to Brazil for World Youth Day. Upon his return, he stopped there again, leaving a soccer ball and shirt on the altar, souvenirs from Rio de Janeiro. He repeated the same gesture before and after his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.


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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