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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 9, 2022

By Courtney Mares

In 2019 Pope Francis decreed that the feast of Our Lady of Loreto be included in the Roman Calendar as... Read more

Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Toronto replaced a vandalized statue of Mary with a replica of the Lebanese shrine Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa on Sept. 11, 2022.

A ‘piece of Lebanon’ comes to Toronto Maronite Catholic church

Sep 18, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

A replica of the Our Lady of Lebanon statue in Harissa, Lebanon, was blessed at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the “Santa Maria del Carmine” (Holy Mary of Carmel) church in Pavia, Italy.

How to honor Our Lady in your baby’s name for the feast of the Holy Name of Mary

Sep 12, 2022

By Edie Heipel

Every year on Sept. 12 since 1683, the Catholic Church has celebrated the feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Read more

Mother Olga, founders of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, described what it was like growing up in war-torn Iraq: “It was really Our Lady who gave me hope … she has been always my mother, mother of my life.”

How this religious order’s foundress found peace in the Catholic Church

Sep 10, 2022

By Leonardo Colon

Mother Olga grew up in war-torn Iraq but found peace within the Catholic Church, establishing a new religious order to... Read more

The Church of St. James in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pope Francis to Medjugorje youth festival: 'Follow the example of Mary'

Aug 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has urged the thousands of young people gathered at Medjugorje this week to follow the example of the... Read more

A man waves a Cuban flag during a demonstration against the government of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana, July 11, 2021.

Archbishop asks Virgin Mary to intercede for release of jailed Cubans

Jul 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Dionisio García of Santiago de Cuba asked the Virgin Mary to move the hearts of those who can determine... Read more

Pope Francis met with participants in the Syro-Malabar Youth Leaders Conference on June 18, 2022.

Pope Francis: The Virgin Mary teaches us ‘to live eucharistically’

Jun 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Blessed Virgin Mary never allowed herself to be “paralyzed by pride or fear,” the pope told young Catholics from... Read more

Crowds looking at the Miracle of the Sun, occurring during the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions.

Why is the First Saturdays devotion called the 'unfulfilled part of the Fatima message'?

Mar 30, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

What is the First Saturdays devotion, and what is its connection to Fatima and the Blessed Virgin Mary's request for... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message on March 17, 2022.

Ukrainian Catholic leader: ‘Women are becoming the first victims of the occupation’

Mar 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk referred to a viral image known as the ‘Kyivan Madonna.’ Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in St. Peter's Basilica on January 1, 2022.

Pope Francis: Let us place the new year under the protection of Mary

Jan 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis’ first public act of 2022 was to offer Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God. Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021

Pope Francis: Let’s focus on helping others this Christmas

Dec 19, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

A good way to get out of a negative mood is to help others, following the example of Mary, who... 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

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