In February 2012, the Vatican's Secret Archives will show a 100 of its prized documents. Among them, is the original parchment that holds the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, as well as a letter hand-written by St. Bernadette, which deals with the apparitions of the Virgin Mary of Lourdes, and was sent to Pope Pius IX in 1876.
During the general audience on Wednesday 7 December 2011, the Pope talked about the significance behind the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8th: “The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated tomorrow, reminds us of Mary's acceptance of a single plan of salvation.”
One of the last stones added to St. Peter's Square is found high above the plaza, in this mosaic of the Virgin Mary, with the words “Mater Ecclesiae,” inaugurated by John Paul II on December 8, 1981.
Faced with a higher number of pilgrims, the rectors of the Spanish shrines of del Pilar, Torreciudad, and Montserrat, as well as the rector of the Shrine of Lourdes in France have opened the Marian Route. Learn more in this video!
Catholic priests should ask the Virgin Mary for a heart able to “relive Christ’s coming” during Advent this year, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said. The cardinal, who serves as prefect for the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, said in his Nov. 27 Advent message to priests that Mary lived “constantly in prayerful vigilance.”
A new book gathers reflections from Pope Benedict XVI on the Virgin Mary to encourage children in devotion to the Blessed Mother. The 48-page book is titled “Mary, The Mother of Jesus”. Visit this article to read more.
When Mary was a child, her parents consecrated her to God in the temple. We remember this event on the feast of the 'Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary', which we celebrate on 21 November. It is also a day to pray for all the Religious who have dedicated their lives to God through contemplative prayer. Find out more about this special feast in today's video.
Catholics are often criticized - mostly by Protestants - for reciting the Hail Mary. Why? Isn't the prayer derived from the Bible and therefore should apply to all Christians? Visit this article to read the incredible true story of a young Protestant boy who discovered the Hail Mary, and miracle that followed...
The Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, believed to date back to the 5th century, is the celebration of the announcement to her by the Angel Gabriel that she had been chosen as the God Bearer and would conceive a child who would be the Son of God whom she was to name, Jesus.
The first Saturday of November is a day to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Immaculate Heart - and also a day to pray for those who have died. Watch this video to reflect on Mary, Mother of the Church!
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