- Oct 30, 2020
As Nicaragua celebrated the “small” version of its famous Marian festival La Gritería on Saturday, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and the government of President Daniel Ortega clashed over the global pandemic: The bishops acknowledge it, the president doesn’t.
For nearly 200 years, Greek Orthodox faithful have flocked to the Aegean island of Tinos for the August 15 feast day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the most revered religious holiday in the Orthodox calendar after Easter.
As the consequences of the pandemic play themselves out and an emotional culture of fear and anxiety takes the stage, people are looking for hope. For this very reason, the Lord Jesus gave us his mother as a gift.
In his biggest public appearance since the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, on Saturday the Vatican Secretary of State, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, was scheduled to preside over Mass for the solemnity of the Assumption at the Marian shrine in Lourdes, France.
Pope Francis has a classically Latin American passion for the Madonna and for popular devotions to her that express the souls of so many cultures on his home continent.
About 500 pilgrims came to a small church on the side of a Pennsylvania mountain Aug. 25 to pray for peace.