- Jan 17, 2020
Standing before a banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe bedecked with fragrant roses, Metuchen Bishop James F. Checchio issued a challenge to the faithful seated within the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Dec. 12: Their work had only just begun.
Nearly 100 years ago a nun in Key West promised that as long as a grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes that she commissioned stands, the island would be protected from hurricanes, and today, that assurance still holds true.
Pope Francis has approved adding the Dec. 10 feast of Our Lady of Loreto to all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.
The Virgin Mary draws devotees to the desert in the heat of August.
On Sunday it was announced that the next global World Youth Day gathering would take place in Lisbon, Portugal, just a stone’s throw from the site of the 1917 Marian apparitions in Fatima. Often referred to as a “Catholic Woodstock,” WYD is by far the biggest event the Church organizes on a regular basis, and rarely has it been so rooted in Marian devotion.
On Friday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has added yet another trip to the end of his busy spring itinerary and will travel to Romania for a 3-day visit at the end of May, marking the fifth international trip on the schedule so far this year.