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Statue of St. John the Baptist with golden cross, Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic.

‘Summer Christmas’: Why does the Church celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptist?

Jun 24, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Because it falls exactly six months before the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, St. John’s birthday is sometimes... Read more

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.

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

Jan 1, 2024

By Katie Yoder

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

Procession from Saint-Jean Cathedral to Fourvière Basilica in Lyon, France, on Dec. 8, 2022.

The city of Lyon, France, honors Mary with light festival on Dec. 8

Dec 8, 2023

By Emma Silvestri

The tradition of the Festival of Lights goes back to 1852 before the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was even... Read more

Apparition of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart flags on Twitter and other ways to celebrate Jesus’ Sacred Heart this month

Jun 10, 2023

By Isabel Barry

The entire month of June is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Read more

A detail from Francisco de Zurbarán’s painting “The Immaculate Conception” (1628–1630)

Explore the Immaculate Conception through art in video series on faith and beauty

Dec 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Benedictine College is kicking off a new video series today on art and faith with a video celebrating today’s solemnity... Read more

Pope Francis visits the statue dedicated to the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2022.

Pope Francis calls on Catholics to entrust themselves to Our Lady, prays for peace in Ukraine

Dec 8, 2022

By AC Wimmer

On Thursday, Pope Francis publicly visited the statue dedicated to the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Piazza di Spagna for the... Read more

A bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Louis

The mighty Mississippi was once named ‘River of the Immaculate Conception.’ Here’s why

Dec 4, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

“Immaculate” is not a word most people would use to describe the Mississippi River’s famously muddy waters. But Father Jacques... Read more

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Good news! You can eat a cheeseburger on Friday, March 25. Here’s why

Mar 24, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

You probably already are well aware that Catholics are called to abstain from eating meat on all Fridays throughout Lent.... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Milan on the Feast of the Annunciation of Mary on March 25, 2017.

On Annunciation, Pope says God still seeks hearts like Mary

Mar 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation in Milan, telling mass-goers that even today God is still searching for... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God in St. Peter's Basilica Jan. 1, 2016.

Pope on New Year’s Day: Mary’s motherhood teaches us humility, tenderness

Jan 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

At the start of the new year, Pope Francis said that celebrating Mary, the Mother of God, highlights a beautiful aspect... Read more