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Feast of the Queenship of Mary - 22 August
Last edited 22nd August 2012

Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, Mary is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court.


Benedict XVI Explains the Importance of the Assumption of Mary in Personal Life
Last edited 16th August 2012

The Pope celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary in the parish of San Tommaso da Villanova at Castel Gandolfo. Pilgrims filled the church, flooding over into the square outside where they watched on television screens. The Pope recalled the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption of Mary by Pius XII in 1950, and explained it in the words of the Virgin Mary.

Devotion to Mary is Profoundly Biblical
Last edited 15th August 2012

Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, Argentina said devotion to the Virgin Mary has solid biblical and ecclesial roots that culminate in an encounter with Christ. “Devotion to the Virgin Mary has its most solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and in the Tradition of the Church,” he said.


Mary's Assumption into Heaven Fosters Hope on Earth, Pope Teaches
Last edited 15th August 2012

Having been taken into heaven both spiritually and bodily, the Virgin Mary helps believers to grow in “Christian hope” during their earthly lives, Pope Benedict XVI taught on the Feast of the Assumption. The Pope celebrated Mass at Castel Gandolfo’s parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova on the Aug. 15 solemnity. During his homily, he said Mary's intercession with God can “help us to live well and with hope the time that God gives to us” on earth.


Act of Consecration of Syria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Last edited 15th August 2012

Would you please join in praying with Archbishop Nassar of Syria - the Act of Consecration of Syria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary which he will make at 6pm (Syrian Time) on August 15th 2012 - Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven. Wherever you are in the world on that day at 6pm – or when you can - please join in this consecration in support of the Archbishop.


How many times does Mary speak in the Bible?
Last edited 14th August 2012

Mary’s words are recorded in four passages in the Bible. Three of the four passages are from the Gospel of Luke: the Annunciation, when she speaks with the angel (Luke 1:34 and 38); her visit to Elizabeth, when Mary sings the psalm of praise known as the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55); and the time that Jesus is lost in the Temple and Mary admonishes him (Luke 2:48).


What is the Angelus?
Last edited 9th August 2012

Every Sunday at 12 in the afternoon, the pope prays the Angelus with pilgrims that gather in St. Peter's Square. The Angelus recalls the moment of the Incarnation, when the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus. Since the days of the early Christians, it has been customary to remember this moment in the life of Virgin Mary. Learn more about the history of this great Christian tradition in this video!

LA to Host Massive Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration
Last edited 1st August 2012

Over 100,000 Catholics will gather at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 5 to celebrate and honor Our Lady of Guadalupe in a city where the image of the Virgin is everywhere. Andrew Walther, vice president of media and communications for the Knights of Columbus, said the free event is “a celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her role as the mother of all Catholics in America.”


Wisdom from the Elderly
Last edited 24th July 2012

Talking over dinner last night, my friend Robbie and I agreed that even though we live in a media-flooded world, with just about any information seconds away at our fingertips, it's almost always enriching to have a conversation with someone considerably older.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Feast Day 16 July
Last edited 16th July 2012

Do you wear a brown scapular? Do you know what it is? On 16 July, the Church celebrates the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Over 700 years ago, Our Lady gave the scapular to the Carmelite Order, making a promise to all who wear. Watch this video to learn more!


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