- Jun 23, 2021
Over the centuries, no figure in Catholic life has inspired a more motley galaxy of populists, insurrectionists, anti-establishment firebrands and cultural warriors than the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the Virgin Mary is not co-redemptrix with Christ, an attribution that the Catholic Church reserves exclusively to her son, but which some theological movements in recent decades have tried to also give to the Mother of God.
On Tuesday’s feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to Rome’s Piazza di Spagna to pay homage to the Virgin Mary, and to the basilica of St. Mary Major, where he celebrated a private Mass.
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.
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.”