Archive for January 1, 2024

Pope Francis' Angelus message on Jan. 1, 2023, marked the solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. An estimated 40,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the event. The feast day coincides with the World Day of Peace.?w=200&h=150

By Katie Yoder

Why are the solemnity of Mary and the World Day of Peace celebrated on the same day?

Jan. 1 marks more than the start of a new year — it is also the solemnity of Mary, Mother... Read more


By Tyler Arnold

Investment firm develops Catholic faith-aligned 401(k) plan

A Denver-based investment firm is working to develop a 401(k) retirement plan that filters out stocks that promote behavior in... Read more

Pope Francis invoke the Virgin Mary as the Queen of Peace and Mother of Mercy at a prayer vigil for peace in St. Peter's Basilica, Friday, Oct. 27.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis asks Mary’s intercession in World Day of Peace video

Pope Francis implores the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for an end to human conflicts in a new video released... Read more

Pope Francis smiles at pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Jan. 1, 2024, for his first Angelus of the new year.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis reflects on Mary’s motherhood, prays for Nicaragua during New Year’s Angelus

Just days after Christmas, Nicaragua’s Sandinista regime abducted four priests, whose whereabouts are still unknown. Read more

Pope Francis at the first Mass of the new year, urged the faithful to entrust 2024 to the Mother of God on Jan. 1, 2024.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis: Entrust 2024 to the Mother of God 

The pope made his appeal during Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 1 for the solemnity of Mary, Mother... Read more

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, spoke about the "courage" and the "madness" of working for peace during his homily during the  Mass of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God, on Jan. 1, 2024, in the Pro-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate, in Jerusalem.?w=200&h=150

By Marinella Bandini

The Church in the Holy Land rings in the new year with pleas for peace

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa challenged Christians of the Holy Land to “make a difference.” Read more