In a telegram, Francis entrusted the protection of the 23 people killed in the crash in the south of Italy to the Virgin Mary
Some see the devotion as archaic but at my parish it has become a major event drawing Catholics and non-Catholics alike
For some reason, Mary is often a stumbling block for those outside the Church.
If we think we are too good to pray to Our Lady, we are cultivating a very deadly, sinful pride
The Pope gave a homily at Mass celebrating the transferred feast of the Annunciation
Other Churches may quibble about a time when a baby is ‘less’ than human, but the Feast of the Annunciation tells it like it is
The snakes could be a metaphor for something else
The cardinal will inaugurate the shrine at St Dominic’s Priory with a Mass in October