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Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the esplanade of the National Shrine in Šaštin, Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021.

Pope Francis in Slovakia: Our Lady of Sorrows teaches us compassion for the suffering

Sep 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope celebrated Mass at the national Catholic shrine in Šaštín. Read more

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

Pope Francis: Mary teaches us to listen to the voice of the voiceless

Sep 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He was addressing participants in the 25th International Mariological Marian Congress. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the at the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens on May 31st, 2021.

Pope Francis on Assumption feast: 'Humility is the way that leads to heaven'

Aug 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis gave a reminder that God exalts those... Read more

The outdoor procession at the Holy House of Loreto in Italy on Dec. 9, 2020.

Holy House of Loreto celebrates feast with illuminated Marian procession

Dec 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

On the vigil of the Dec. 10 feast of Our Lady of Loreto, uniformed air force pilots wearing face masks carried... Read more

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

Pope Francis extends Loreto jubilee to 2021

Aug 18, 2020

Pope Francis has approved the extension of the Jubilee Year of Loreto to 2021.  Read more

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

Pope Francis asks Mary 'Mother of Hope' to intercede for Nigeria's persecuted Christians

Aug 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mother of Hope,” for Nigeria’s persecuted Christians and... Read more

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

Pope Francis: Mary’s Assumption was a 'giant leap for mankind'

Aug 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis said that Mary’s assumption into Heaven was... Read more

Blessing of the Sea. Photo courtesy of St Mary Star of the Sea parish.

The annual Assumption tradition of blessing the sea

Aug 13, 2020

For hundreds of years, Catholic parishes in coastal cities have participated in the tradition of blessing the sea and praying... Read more

St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Statue of Virgin Mary beheaded at Tennessee parish

Jul 15, 2020

The decapitation of the statue of the Blessed Mother at St. Stephen occurred on the same weekend as several other... Read more

The Marian column is restored in Prague’s Old Town Square June 4, 2020.

Prague Catholics rejoice at restoration of Marian statue toppled by angry mob

Jun 15, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A historic statue of Mary atop a column, torn down by an angry crowd more than 100 years ago, has... Read more

Pope Francis holds a rosary during a general audience Aug. 7, 2019.

Pope Francis urges Catholics to unite through praying the rosary in May

Apr 25, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis sent a letter Saturday encouraging Catholics to pray the rosary throughout May. He also shared two new prayers... 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

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims outside the Shrine of the Holy House of Loreto on March 25, 2019.

Pope Francis adds feast of Our Lady of Loreto to Roman Calendar

Oct 31, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has decreed that the feast of Our Lady of Loreto be included in the Roman Calendar as an... Read more

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

Pope Francis prays for China invoking Mary Help of Christians

May 22, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Wednesday asked Our Lady Help of Christians to intercede for Chinese Catholics, whom he said continue to believe... Read more

Our Lady of Guadalupe.

When the Church finds itself in times of trouble, imitate Mary, bishop says

Sep 22, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, said that the Catholic Church is currently in a “very dark... Read more

Pope Francis incenses the altar during Mass in Gyumri Armenia June 25, 2016.

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

Mar 3, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as... Read more