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Lebanese Christians, Muslims join in Marian devotion
Last edited 27th March 2014

On March 25—the feast of the Annunciation, which has been a national holiday in Lebanon since 2010—Catholics and Muslims joined in the 8th Islamic-Christian Prayer Meeting, which was dedicated to the theme: “Together around Mary, Our Lady.”

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Pope Lauds Mary’s Meekness on Feast of the Annunciation
Last edited 25th March 2014

During his Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis emphasized that salvation is a gift from the Lord which we ought to receive with humility and obedience, just as Mary did.

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Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes - World Day of the Sick
Last edited 2nd April 2014

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 25, the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and healing, but even more of faith. Church authorities have recognized over 60 miraculous cures, and the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes on 11 February, is now known as "World Day of the Sick". Here is the Pope's message for this year:

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - A Message to the Americas
Last edited 11th December 2013

Pope Francis has sent a Message to the Americas to mark the Dec. 12th Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is venerated as Patroness of the American continent. The Holy Father delivered the Message during the course of his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, the eve of the feast...

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On Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis Prays for Holiness
Last edited 9th December 2013

On a day dedicated to celebrating the solemn feast of Mary’s conception without sin, Pope Francis made a special trip in Rome to pray before a traditional statue of Mary, which has the title of “Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.”

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Pope to Guadalupe Pilgrims: Use Gospel's 'Perfume' to Evangelize
Last edited 17th November 2013

Pope Francis’ video message to the pilgrims gathered in Mexico City today encouraged the faithful to spread the Gospel with a peaceful manner, as did Christ.

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Pope Consecrates World to Immaculate Heart of Mary
Last edited 15th October 2013

On Sunday 13 October 2013, Pope Francis celebrated mass in St Peter’s square in honour of the Marian Day, an event organised as part of the Year of Faith on the anniversary of the final apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (13th of October 1917). He also consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary
Last edited 28th October 2013

On October 7, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast day takes place in honor of a 16th century naval victory which secured Europe against Turkish invasion. Pope St. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on the day of the battle through a campaign to pray the Rosary throughout Europe.

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Novena Starts Today - Pope to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Last edited 4th October 2013

Pope Francis has announced that on October 13th he will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In preparation for the Holy Father’s prayer of consecration, people around the world will pray a Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

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Meditation on the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 8 September
Last edited 8th September 2013

Both the Churches of the East and the West have celebrated the birth day of Our Lady from as early as the sixth and seventh centuries. The date, September 8, was chosen as the eighth day (an octave) after the former Byzantine New Year. Although Mary's birth was celebrated on various dates throughout the centuries, September 8 predominated. The feast celebrating Mary's Immaculate Conception, December 8, was set to correspond to nine months before Mary's birth.

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