The story behind the statue of Mary that survived the storm

It may be the iconic image of Hurricane Sandy — some have compared it to the “cross at Ground Zero” — and today’s New York Times has the story behind it:  At the corner of Oceanside Avenue and Gotham Walk, the house inherited by the elderly McNultys’ niece Regina after the couple died, is a [Read More...]

Did you know the European Union’s flag is a tribute to the Blessed Mother?

I sure didn’t. Days after the EU won the Nobel Peace Prize, this “rest of the story” anecdote has emerged: Mario Mauro, leader of the Italian People of Freedom Party (PDL), one of the parties that form part of the the European People’s Party (EPP), stressed that the EU flag has twelve golden stars that [Read More...]

Pope Benedict on Mary, “Mother of the ‘Yes’”

“Dear brothers and sisters, on this pilgrimage in the footsteps of Blessed John XXIII – and which comes, providentially, on the day in which the Church remembers Saint Francis of Assisi, a veritable ‘living Gospel’ – I wish to entrust to the Most Holy Mother of God all the difficulties affecting our world as it [Read More...]

Homily for September 16, 2012: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[This weekend, we mark the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which serves as the feast day for my parish, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. We are in the middle of a centennial celebration for the parish, so we're marking that feast in a special way at all the weekend Masses. Below is my homily [Read More...]

Thousands turn out for 400th anniversary of Cuba’s Our Lady of Charity

Details:  The festival of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of Cuba, drew thousands of people to Masses and processions that were marked by messages of love and unity for Cubans on and off the island, where this year the 400th anniversary of the finding of the saint’s image is being held. Just [Read More...]

Olympic swimmer dedicates her medals to Mary

Details, from Catholic News Agency: Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte offered her two silver medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games to Our Lady of Monserrat in Barcelona. The 21-year-old – who won silver in the 800 meter free-style and the 200 meter butterfly – posed for a picture before the image of Our Lady of [Read More...]

“Behold, the Mother of God has arrived!”

With tomorrow marking the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the great feasts in the Christian calendar, a writer at L’Osservatore Romano looks at one depiction of this event in iconography: In the Byzantine tradition the first great celebration in the liturgical cycle is the Nativity of the Mother of [Read More...]

In Los Angeles, “the largest celebration of the Virgin Mary in a generation”

Yesterday, I posted on the deacon who was going to emcee this historic gathering.  Now, the Los Angeles Times has a wrapup of the event: Touted as the “largest celebration of the Virgin Mary in a generation,” tens of thousands of believers filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon to honor Our Lady [Read More...]

For the Assumption, France to revive ancient custom of national prayer

Details from Reuters: The French Catholic Church will revive a centuries-old custom next week with an updated national “prayer for France” opposing the same-sex marriage and euthanasia reforms planned by the new Socialist government. The prayer, to be read in all churches on Aug 15, echoes the defense of traditional marriage by Pope Benedict and [Read More...]

Send in the clowns: the annual pilgrimage to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

As they have for decades, hundreds of clowns marched in Mexico on Wednesday in honor of their country’s patroness.  Details:  The streets of Mexico City burst with sound and color as hundreds of clowns made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico City on Wednesday (July 18) to pay homage [Read More...]


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