Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Francis' prayer to Mary on the Immaculate Conception

Pope Francis made his annual visit to Rome's Spanish Square on Friday to pray at the foot of the column and statue of the Immaculate Conception. A litany of present-day viruses and their corresponding antibodies: this was at the heart of Pope Francis’ prayer, offered to Our Lady on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when he [...]

Pope Francis prays Angelus for Solemnity of the Assumption

Pope Francis reflected on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Angelus on Tuesday. The feast of the Assumption, also known as Ferragosto, is an important religious and civil holiday in Italy, and thousands of faithful were present in St Peter’s Square to celebrate with the Holy Father. In his remarks, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading, which relates the meeting [...]

Fatima centenary celebrations at Scotland's Marian shrine

Catholics from around Scotland will mark the centenary of the first Fatima apparitions this weekend at their national Marian shrine. Scottish Catholics will gather at Carfin Grotto on Saturday 13th May 2017 to join Catholics around the world in celebrating the 100th anniversary since the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared several times to three shepherd children in [...]

Our Lady at the heart of 2017 WYD message

“The Mighty One has done great things for me” Pope Francis in his message for diocesan World Youth Day, which takes place on Palm Sunday, tells young people the Church and society needs their courage, dreams and ideals”. This year's message has a Marian theme “The Mighty One has done great things for me”, taken from [...]