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Our Blessed Mother: Honoring the Virgin Mary in May
Last edited 20th May 2013

The Queen of Heaven is so revered for her relationship with Christ and her love and guidance of her earthly children, the Catholic Church has dedicated the month of May in her honor. In his 1965 encyclical, “Mense Maio,” Pope Paul VI wrote about the importance of Mary’s intercession for all the world, explaining that those who encounter her, encounter her Son, Jesus:

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Pontificate of Pope Francis consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima
Last edited 14th May 2013

At the Holy Father’s personal request, Cardinal Jose Polycarp, the Patriarch of Lisbon, consecrated the pontificate of Pope Francis to Our Lady of Fatima on her feast day.

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The Case for Defining the Spiritual Motherhood of Mary
Last edited 14th May 2013

Almost one hundred years ago, the prominent Belgian prelate Cardinal Desire Mercier began an international petition drive for the papal definition of Our Lady as the Universal Mediatrix of all graces. By 1918, the renowned pioneer of both Marian and ecumenical realms had collected over 300 cardinal and bishop petitions directed to the reigning pontiff, Pope Benedict XV, for this requested fifth Marian Dogma. By the early 1920s, Fr. Maximilian Kolbe and his nascent Militia Immaculatae (“Army of the Immaculate”) joined in the movement to proclaim the Mother of Jesus as the Spiritual Mother of all peoples.

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The Story of Our Lady of Fatima - Feast Day 13 May
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In 1917, in Fatima, Portugal was the centre of one the most important and amazing events of the twentieth century.Through three children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, Our Lady appeared, in the face of moral crisis, and invited the whole world to repentance, conversion and reparation to God for all sins, both private and public.

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Privelged - A Video Reflection on the Celebration of Easter and the Month of May
Last edited 10th May 2013

It is important for us to remember that we are still celebrating Easter while in the month of May - Mary's month. Did you know that there is a very strong tradition that the first person whom Jesus appeared to after the Resurrection was Our Lady? Watch this video for a reflection on the link between honouring Mary, and the celebration of Easter.

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Pope Francis marks Argentina's Our Lady of Lujan Feast Day
Last edited 8th May 2013

Pope Francis commended Argentina to the protection of its patron saint Our Lady of Lujan, bringing white flowers to her statue and pausing in prayer ahead of his Wednesday general audience.

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Rio Archbishop will Consecrate World Youth Day to Our Lady of Fatima
Last edited 8th May 2013

The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro is planning to consecrate World Youth Day to Our Lady of Fatima when he celebrates her feast in Portugal next week. Archbishop Orani João Tempesta, the host archbishop for July's World Youth Day, will preside over the major annual celebration in Fatima on May 12-13.

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Woman of Faith - A Reflection on Mary in this Year of Faith
Last edited 15th May 2013

We are currently in a Year of Faith - a time for all of us to go deeper in our practice of the faith. Someone who can help us do this is the Blessed Virgin Mary, who we celebrate during the month of May. Watch this video for a reflection on how we can learn from Our Lady during this Year of Faith.

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May Feelings VI
Last edited 6th May 2013

There are many ways to change the world. But there is one way that is the most successful! Bring the world a different message... a message that is revolutionary and necessary. On May 15, fight back for what you have always believed in. Raise your voice, and pray the Rosary!

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The Most Beautiful Flower - A Reflection on Our Lady
Last edited 5th May 2013

May is a joyful time on the Church calendar for many reasons - most importantly, it is a month dedicated to the Mother of God. Mary is the Church's spiritual heart, the "most beautiful flower" chosen by God. Watch this video for a reflection on the Gospel for Sunday 5 May 2013.

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