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Lorenzo and Jacopo Salimbeni, “The Visitation,” 1416. Oratio of St. John the Baptist, Urbino, Italy.

4 things to ponder on the feast of the Visitation

May 31, 2024

By Zoe Romanowsky

May 31 is the feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, the second joyful mystery of the rosary. Read more

Pope Francis delivers a message on the topic of “vices and virtuesc” at his Wednesday general audience on Jan. 3, 2024.

Pope Francis: Never forget that Jesus is beside you in your worst moments

Jan 3, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In life’s worst moments, never forget that Jesus is beside you, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Read more

Pope Francis presides at the annual celebration of “first vespers,” or evening prayer, for the vigil of the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on Dec. 31, 2023.

Pope Francis: Faith allows Christians to live transition into the new year ‘differently’

Dec 31, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis rang in the new year and gave thanks for 2023 at a special New Year’s Eve Vatican liturgy. Read more

Assumption of the Virgin Mary, fresco painting in San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy.

The fascinating history of the feast of Mary’s assumption

Aug 15, 2023

By CNA Staff

This feast day is a relatively new one but the history of the holy day and the mystery behind it... Read more

When Pope Pius IX declared the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary on December 8, 1854, he had a golden crown added to the mosaic of Mary, Virgin Immaculate, in the Chapel of the Choir in St. Peter's Basilica.

‘Mary, Explained’ series addresses Marian devotion in Arlington Diocese and beyond

Jun 11, 2023

By Bridget McCartney Nohara

In preparation for its upcoming golden jubilee, the Virginia diocese has created a seven-part series to explain why the Church... Read more

Relic of the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the cathedral chapel in Los Angeles. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The US archdiocese with a relic of the original Guadalupe image

Dec 9, 2021

By ACI Prensa

Millions of pilgrims travel each year to see the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. In one... Read more

New statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Church of Our Lady of Solace. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Coney Island parish replaces vandalized Mary statue

Dec 16, 2020

The Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, last weekend unveiled a new statue of the Blessed Mother, after a previous statue... Read more

Virgin of Guapulo stamp.

Virgin of Guapulo depicted in 2020 Christmas stamp from USPS

Oct 12, 2020

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced the release of a Christmas stamp depicting an 18th-century Peruvian painting of the... Read more

Virgin of Tears / Photo: Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Weeping Madonna of Syracuse commemorated in Sicily

Aug 31, 2020

In an August 29 Mass offered by Archbishop Salvatore Pappalardo, the archdiocese of Syracuse on the Italian island of Sicily... Read more

Mary garden.

Flowers of the fairest: How to plant a Mary garden

May 6, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Planting a Mary garden can be a way of honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary with flowers this spring and summer,... Read more

Pope Francis offers a blessing from the window of the Apostolic Palance April 26, 2020.

Pope Francis asks for prayer for vocations to the priesthood on Good Shepherd Sunday

May 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called on all Catholics to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life on Good Shepherd Sunday,... Read more

After receiving hundreds of requests, bishops to entrust Italy to Mary

Apr 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

After receiving more than 300 letters during the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian bishops will entrust the nation to Mary’s protection... Read more

Pope Francis blesses an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Pope Francis: Mary helps Christians enter heaven through the 'narrow gate'

Aug 25, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The way to heaven is difficult and the gate to enter small, but Jesus’ mother, Mary, who herself entered through... Read more

‘Broken Mary’ procession in Chicago.

From a dumpster to the head of a procession: The story of 'Broken Mary'

Jun 7, 2019

By Mary Farrow

On Friday, May 31, four lanes of traffic on a major thoroughfare in the city of Chicago shut down for... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at Romania's Șumuleu-Ciuc Shrine June 1, 2019.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Transylvania’s Marian pilgrimage shrine

Jun 1, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis celebrated Mass Saturday at a 16th century Marian pilgrimage site in Transylvania, calling upon the Romanians and Hungarians... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his May 31, 2017, general audience.

Pope Francis: The Lord invites us to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit

May 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that the Church cannot remain static because the Holy Spirit guides her along the paths of... Read more

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico.

Priest who survived major plane crash credits Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 12, 2018

By Mary Farrow

For Father Esequiel Sanchez, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe brings up terrifying memories - and a huge... Read more

The Holy House of Our Lady in the Shrine of Loreto.

Did angels really carry the Holy House of Mary to Loreto, Italy?

Dec 10, 2018

By Courtney Mares

What do Galileo, Mozart, Descartes, Cervantes, and St. Therese of Lisieux have in common? They all traveled hundreds of miles... Read more

Pope Francis prays in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, May 12, 2017.

Follow Mary's 'yes,' pope says ahead of World Youth Day

Nov 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Serving others first requires listening to God in prayer, so that one can give the same ‘yes’ to God’s will... Read more

A pilgrim prays the rosary in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: Pray the rosary daily for Church's protection from Satan

Sep 29, 2018

Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to pray the rosary daily during the month of October, asking Mary and St.... Read more