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The Annunciation by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

The promise of Advent embraces us all

Word this week: Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2 Sm 7: 1-5, 8-2 & 14; Rm 16: 25-27; Lk 1: 26-38 (Year B)

The Gospel of the Other Mary at ENO (Pic: ENO)

Peter Sellars’ opera reads the Passion story in contemporary terms

‘My own veritable Joseph handed me his credit card and left me to it in Mothercare’  (PA)

This year I am experiencing Advent from a fresh angle, from Mary’s remarkable perspective as an expectant mother

Pope Francis burns incense in front of a statue of Mary (CNS)

Muslims and Christians are like-minded when it comes to revering Mary

Pope Francis and the statue of Our Lady of Fatima (Photo: PA)

Ceremony held in front of 100,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

Benedict XVI travels to the Spanish Steps to mark the feast of the Immaculate Conception (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI says Mary’s immaculate conception brings joy in annual pilgrimage to Spanish Steps

The campaign website

With abortion legislation imminent, we are at a pivotal moment in our country’s history

Year 6 children from St Mary’s primary school in Congleton join in Marian prayer

Children at St Mary’s primary school at Congleton in Cheshire start year of prayer for Mary

Bishop Mark Davies is installed at the cathedral in Shrewsbury in what he described as a ‘poignant’ ceremony

In his first pastoral letter, Bishop Mark Davies calls faithful to a year of prayer to Mary

Pope Benedict greets pilgrims after the Mass on Sunday (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Heaven is a place within God, says Pope

On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Benedict explains that heaven is not a location in the cosmos