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Our Lady of Fatima - Feast Day 13 May
Last edited 13th May 2014

On May 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared at the Cova da Iria in Fatima to the three shepherds Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia. It was an apparition that was repeated on the 13th of every month, for six consecutive months. The Virgin asked them to pray the rosary for the conversion of sinners and revealed three messages. Watch this video to learn more about one of the greatest apparitions of our Catholic faith!

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U.S. Bishops Launch Prayer for Babies in Womb
Last edited 14th May 2012

It's official. Right on time for mother's day, there's a new prayer to bless both expectant parents and their child, while it's still in the mother's womb. The prayer is a way to highlight the dignity and sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. In fact, it will be read, for the first time, in several U.S parishes next Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day.

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Why are there Four Sets of Mysteries of the Rosary?
Last edited 10th May 2012

In recent years Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary as a way of extending our meditation on the Gospel as the rosary is prayed - giving us four mysteries of the Rosary in total. But why has the Church chosen these four, i.e. the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries, for reflection? Is there any chance that the Church might add another series of mysteries in the future?

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Our Spiritual Mother - Celebrating the Month of May
Last edited 10th May 2012

Are you getting ready for Mother's Day this weekend? On the 2nd Sunday of May, we all honour the women who gave us the gift of life. We should also do the same for our Spiritual Mother, Mary! Watch this video reflection for more.


Marking Mary’s Month in Rome
Last edited 8th May 2012

The month of May is associated with motherhood and new life, and the church dedicates the month to honoring and praising the Virgin Mary. Marian shrines in Rome receive special attention during the spring season because devotees and pilgrims visit the shrines, leaving flowers and gifts for the Madonna.

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How to Honour Our Lady in May - Some Tips!
Last edited 7th May 2012

In May, we let ourselves become overcome with admiration for our Mother so that we might begin to imitate her. We imitate her so that we might love God more fully, more recklessly, more courageously. We strive to be passionate lovers of God so we might attain excellence in our love for each other. We strive for excellence in love because this world needs it … and desperately. Our month of Marian devotion is our school of love and justice. We need only sit at our Mother’s feet and learn.

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How to Pray the Holy Rosary
Last edited 18th October 2012

The word "rosary" comes from Latin and means a garland of roses. The rosary is a devotion in honor of the Virgin Mary, which consists of a set number of specific prayers, including the Apostles’ Creed the Our Father the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be. While reciting these prayers, we meditate on a particlar 'mystery' of the rosary - which refer to a truth of the faith regarding the life of Jesus or His Mother.

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May Feelings 5
Last edited 1st June 2012

Make sure you watch this beautiful video this May! Five years ago a group of Spanish youth released a video during the month of May to promote praying the rosary. The videos were popular around the world, and the group has since published a new video every May. Here is the 2012 May Feelings video!!

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Why is May the 'Month of Mary'?
Last edited 2nd May 2012

The month of May is the "month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady," and it is the occasion for a "moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God's mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance" (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May no. 1).

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Mary, Guide of Missionaries - Pope's Mission Intention for May 2012
Last edited 3rd May 2012

In addition to asking Catholics everywhere to pray for the family this month, the Holy Father has also asked for prayers: "That Mary, Queen of the World and Star of Evangelization, may accompany all missionaries in proclaiming her Son Jesus."

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