Mary Mother of the Church

On March 3, 2018, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church. The decree establishing the memorial was published in a letter from Cardinal Robert Sarah, then head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The Marian title of “Mother of the Church,” was given to the Blessed Mother by Bl. Pope Paul VI at the Second Vatican Council. It was also added to the Roman Missal after the Holy Year of Reconciliation in 1975.

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When Pope Pius IX declared the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary on Dec. 8, 1854, he had a golden crown added to the mosaic of Mary, Virgin Immaculate, in the Chapel of the Choir in St. Peter's Basilica.

PHOTOS: Discover 8 beautiful images of the Virgin Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica

May 29, 2023

By Courtney Mares

From Michelangelo’s Pieta to a 12th-century painting, St. Peter’s Basilica contains priceless sacred art depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary. Read more

Archbishop Leonard Paul Blair of Hartford, chair of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship

Liturgical translations: What the U.S. bishops will be voting on this week

Jun 16, 2021

By Matt Hadro

This week, the U.S. bishops will vote on proposed translations for prayers in the Liturgy of the Hours, a new... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Take Mary into your home, LA archbishop says on new Marian feast

May 22, 2018

The Archbishop of Los Angeles encouraged Catholics to love the Blessed Virgin Mary as their mother during a Mass commemorating... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican, April 24, 2017.

Pope Francis: Like Mary, the Church is a mother

May 21, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis celebrated the first feast of Mary, Mother of the Church Monday saying that without the emphasis placed on... Read more

Virgin Mary by Sassoferrato. Public Domain.

How US churches are celebrating Mary, Mother of the Church

May 19, 2018

May 21 will mark the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, added to the Roman calendar this year by... Read more

Participants in the "Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church" event in Qaraqosh, Iraq.  Courtesy photo.

Iraq gathering aimed to honor Mary, empower women

May 2, 2018

By Elise Harris

Iraqi women rebuilding their lives after ISIS occupation were invited to a three-day gathering aimed, according to organizers, at empowering... Read more

Our Lady of the Column in St. Peter's Basilica.

Commentary: Quitting old paths - The Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church

Mar 9, 2018

The Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac once noted a correspondence between the Reformation's criticism of Mary and its criticisms of... 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

Holy Father consecrates his trip to Mary, the Mother of the Church

May 7, 2007

Scattered sprinkles did not stop thousands of pilgrims from gathering in St. Peter's Square yesterday to hear the Pope's Regina... Read more

Mary, Mother of the Church and guardian of Vatican II, inspires Christians to goodness, purity, says Pope

Dec 8, 2005

At the close of the Second Vatican Council 40 years ago, Pope Paul VI entrusted the implementation of the new... Read more