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Nativity scene commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV in 1292. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

First known Nativity scene figurines are on display in Rome

Dec 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The first known Nativity scene figurines are housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Read more

Pope Francis prays the rosary for peace in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major, May 31, 2022.

Pope Francis prays rosary for peace in Ukraine and around the world

May 31, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope meditated on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary in union with Marian shrines around the world. Read more

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

Ukraine war: Catholics invited to join Pope Francis in praying rosary for peace

May 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Vatican said: ‘All the faithful in every part of the world are invited to support Pope Francis in his... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the Salus Populi Romani icon in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major Dec. 8, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis appoints commissioner to oversee Rome basilica’s financial assets

Dec 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

St. Mary Major is one of four papal major basilicas in Rome. Read more

Nativity scene commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV in 1292. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

First known nativity scene figurines can now be seen in St. Mary Major Basilica

Dec 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The first known nativity scene figurines are on display this Christmas in one of Rome’s oldest basilicas.  Read more