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12 keys to using the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Jul 16, 2024

By ACI Prensa

The Blessed Mother is said to have given the scapular to St. Simon Stock on July 16, 1251. Read more

Rose petals fall in St. Mary Major Basilica Aug. 5, 2017 to commemorate the "miracle of the snow."

Pope Francis to attend ‘Miracle of the Snow’ commemoration in Rome

Jul 12, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Each year white rose petals fall from the ceiling of the papal Marian basilica in commemoration of a miraculous snowfall... Read more

Virgin Mary by Sassoferrato.

The best gift to give to our heavenly mother, according to St. John of Avila

May 10, 2024

By Abel Camasca

Along with other saints, every May 10 the Church honors St. John of Avila, the patron saint of the Spanish... Read more

Pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience Aug. 9, 2023, hold up an image of the Virgin Mary.

Today begins May, the month dedicated to our spiritual mother, the Virgin Mary

May 1, 2024

By ACI Prensa

May will always be a special month, the month that the Church dedicates to the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of... Read more

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico.

8 things to know and share about the Annunciation

Apr 8, 2024

By Jimmy Akin

The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the incarnation of Christ. Here are eight things to know and share... Read more

Millions of people gathered in the streets of Barquisimeto in Lara state, Venezuela, to accompany the Divine Shepherdess in a Jan. 14, 2024, procession.

Divine Shepherdess procession in Venezuela draws 2.7 million

Jan 16, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

More than 2.7 million people gathered in the city of Barquisimeto in Lara state, Venezuela, on Jan. 14 to accompany... 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.

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

Jan 1, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

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

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

Jan 1, 2024

By Jonathan Liedl

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

The House of Mary community poses for a photo on Dec. 8, 1994, in St. Peter's Square, the first time they brought their blue banner with the words "The Immaculate Conception will Triumph" to the Angelus with Pope John Paul II. The group has continued to bring the banner to every Sunday Angelus for 29 years.

The story behind the Immaculate Conception banner at every Vatican Angelus

Dec 8, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The banner’s declaration recalls the Marian spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who had a special devotion to the Immaculate Conception. Read more

Polonia Castellanos, founder of the Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers.

Spanish lawyer, mom of 4, challenges country’s rosary ban

Dec 8, 2023

By Martin Barillas

“There are plenty of times when the Virgin Mary has come to Spain’s aid,” Polonia Castellanos said, “and we are... Read more

A firefighter scales a long ladder to the top of a nearly 40-foot-high column to pay tribute at dawn to the Blessed Virgin with a wreath of flowers on Dec. 8, 2023.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis honors Virgin Mary on solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed in front of a statue of the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Spanish Steps, which sits atop a... Read more

'Immaculate Conception' by Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1628.

The miracle that made the Immaculate Virgin patroness of Spain and its infantry

Dec 8, 2023

By CNA Staff

In 1585 a miracle attributed to the Immaculate Conception allowed the Spanish troops to win the Battle of Empel in... 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

An aerial view of the León city stadium in Guanajuato state in Mexico, where approximately 22,000 people gathered on Nov. 5, 2023, to participate in the traditional “living rosary,” an expression of faith in search of peace.

22,000 people pray ‘living rosary’ for peace in violence-plagued Mexican state

Nov 9, 2023

By Diego López Colín

Thousands gathered on Nov. 5 in the León city stadium in Guanajuato state in Mexico to participate in the traditional... Read more

John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais.

St. John Henry Newman’s insights on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oct 9, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Newman, whose conversion to Catholicism rocked the 19th-century English world, devoted a portion of his autobiography defending the Immaculate Conception. Read more

Our Lady of Sorrows at the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Granada, Spain.

Our Lady of Sorrows: What are Mary’s seven sorrows?

Sep 15, 2023

By Katie Yoder

Catholics are invited to contemplate the seven sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a special way on Sept. 15,... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Like Our Lady of Guadalupe, mothers can be great evangelizers today

Aug 23, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In his catechesis on evangelization on Aug. 23, the pope spoke about how the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe... Read more

Mary. Artist Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Museu da Casa Brasileira.

Why the Queenship of Mary matters

Aug 22, 2023

By Bishop Robert Barron

The feast day is rooted in Catholic tradition, with powerful biblical symbolism and an invitation to choose sides in the... Read more

Pope Francis smiles at pilgrims during his Wednesday general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Aug. 9, 2023.

Pope Francis: Mary ‘never keeps us waiting’

Aug 9, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said he likes to invoke the Virgin Mary under the title of “Our Lady ‘in haste’” because of... Read more