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General Audience: Pope reflects on the Queenship of the Virgin Mary
Last edited 22nd August 2012

From his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Pope led Wednesday's general audience on 22 August 2012. Benedict XVI reflected on the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the day the Church celebrates her Queenship.

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Why Do Catholics Celebrate the Queenship of Mary?
Last edited 22nd August 2012

On 22 August, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of the Queenship of Mary. Why is this an important feast day in the Church? And how do we know that she is truly the Mother of God? Watch this video to find out!

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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Act of Consecration of Syria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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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.


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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).


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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!

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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.”


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