“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...]

Cardinal Schonborn on Medjugorje

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn gave a wide-ranging interview recently to Our Sunday Visitor. A snip: OSV: Your decision to accompany pilgrims to Medjugorje has surprised some people, especially given the statements coming out of the local diocese and Rome that have questioned the authenticity of the apparitions. Could you give us some insight into how you [Read More...]

What is happening at Medjugorje? — UPDATED

Periodically, people will write to me, wondering why I don’t post about the alleged apparitions in the former Yugoslavia. I have a couple reasons. First, as a member of the clergy, I don’t believe that I should be endorsing unapproved Marian apparitions. And secondly: I keep coming across essays like this one. I know many devout [Read More...]

Givenchy puts Mary on new collection of menswear

Details: Eclectic was the word to describe Day Three of Paris menswear week. Friday’s spring-summer collections had a little something for everyone: from the high-waisted gangster styles of film noir to fashions evoking Brazilian soccer and even the Catholic Church. In one collection — which its designer called the longest fashion show in history — [Read More...]

A Mexico “miracle”: church burns, image of Virgin Mary spared

A reader in Texas sent this item my way. From Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, via Google Translate, news of a fire that destroyed a local church but left an image of the Virgin Mary virtually untouched: The heroic staff emptied the water department hoses ..and put out the fire. The chapel was reduced to rubble and [Read More...]

Mary’s journey: a homily for The Visitation

For the Feast of the Visitation, here’s a portion of my homily from 2007 from the Solemnity of the Assumption, which used the same gospel reading. +++ The gospel today begins with a journey. “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste…” This time of year, I think, a lot of us [Read More...]

How the Vatican marks the end of Mary’s month

If you can’t be in Rome, check out this video preview, courtesy CNS: [Read more...]


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