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Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 8, 2021.

Pope Francis hails ‘the beauty of Mary’s heart’ on Immaculate Conception feast

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope leads the Angelus prayer on Marian solemnities, as well as Sundays. Read more

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Did you know the Immaculate Conception is patroness of the United States?

Dec 8, 2021

By Kate Olivera

Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, has been patroness of the United States since the mid-19th century. But... Read more

An Italian firefighter places a wreath of flowers on the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, Dec. 8, 2021.

Pope Francis makes early morning visit to Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope made the private visit to the statue shortly after 6 a.m. Read more

Pope Francis prays before the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2020.

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis cancels public act of veneration again due to pandemic

Nov 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Last year, the pope made a surprise visit to pray alone at the Immaculate Conception statue. Read more

Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis asks Immaculate Virgin Mary to intercede for US after Capitol violence

Jan 10, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the United States asking the Immaculate Virgin Mary to help foster a “culture of encounter”... Read more

Pope Francis delivers an Angelus address overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis: the Immaculate Conception is ‘one of the wonders of the story of salvation’

Dec 8, 2020

The Immaculate Conception is “one of the wonders of the story of salvation,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2020.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Immaculate Conception statue in rain-drenched Rome

Dec 8, 2020

Pope Francis made a surprise visit Tuesday morning to the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna.  Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

Belarus to be consecrated to Mary on Immaculate Conception feast

Dec 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The metropolitan archbishop of Minsk has asked all churches in Belarus to pray an act of consecration of Belarus to... Read more

The statue of the Immaculate Conception overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome.

Rome’s Franciscans to provide ‘blessing from afar’ on Immaculate Conception feast

Dec 2, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Conventual Franciscans said they will be present at a statue of the Immaculate Conception in the center of Rome to... Read more

Pope Francis visits Rome’s Piazza di Spagna to venerate the statue of the Immaculate Conception overlooking the Spanish Steps on Dec. 8, 2019.

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis cancels traditional act of veneration due to pandemic

Nov 30, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will not visit Rome’s Piazza di Spagna this year for the traditional veneration... Read more

Statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome's Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2019.

Pope Francis' prayer for the Immaculate Conception: 'You never stop loving your children'

Dec 8, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

For the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Francis Sunday venerated a statue of the Virgin Mary located... Read more

Pope Francis prays before Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 2015.

Pope: Mary's Immaculate Conception the start of the fulfillment of God's plan

Dec 8, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

With Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, God was, even before Mary’s birth, putting into motion his plan of salvation for the... Read more

Mary holding Jesus.

On feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis points to Mary’s trust in God

Dec 8, 2018

By Courtney Mares

On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to imitate Mary’s deep trust and openness to God... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Gyumri Armenia June 25, 2016.

Beauty advice from Pope Francis: Be virtuous like Mary

Dec 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis offered his own ‘beauty secret’ – with Mary as model –... Read more

Mary the Immaculate Conception. La Colosal. Public Domain, Wikipedia.

Be like Mary – say yes to God, but not halfway, Pope Francis says

Dec 8, 2016

By Elise Harris

The contrast between the “no” of man in the Garden of Eden and the “yes” of Mary at the Annunciation... Read more

Mary the Immaculate Conception. La Colosal. Public Domain, Wikipedia.

Here's a pre-election novena to Mary, patroness of the US

Oct 30, 2016

With the Nov. 8 election approaching, the Knights of Columbus have released a novena addressed to Mary, the Immaculate Conception,... Read more

Pope Francis prays in front of Mary at Piazza di Spagna for the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2015.

Pope Francis venerates Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

Dec 8, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis venerated the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, continuing the tradition set by his... Read more