- Jul 8, 2020
On Saturday the Vatican announced that the Virgin Mary would receive three new titles to be added to the Catholic Church’s traditional “Litany of Mary,” including one dealing specifically with migrants.
Catholic bishops in Australia will entrust the country to the care of Mary, Help of Christians, on her feast day, May 24.
On Saturday, the day of the week traditionally devoted to the Virgin Mary in Catholic tradition, Pope Francis published two new Marian prayers, which he encouraged faithful to pray along with the rosary during the month of May for an end to the coronavirus.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops May 1 in consecrating the two nations to the care of the Blessed Mother under the title “Mary, Mother of the Church.”
Even in times of strict quarantine when prayer is not a legitimate enough reason to leave one’s house, in Italy expressions of popular piety and devotion are still driving the Catholic Church’s spiritual reaction to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, at times at the explicit request of the faithful.
Kristin Marguerite Collier is is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition, she is the Director of the University of Michigan Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion.