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Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

For some reason, Mary is often a stumbling block for those outside the Church.

A Filipino woman carries an image of the blessed Virgin Mary as she walks past the damaged Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in the typhoon-ravaged town of Palo, central Philippines in 2013 (AP)

If we think we are too good to pray to Our Lady, we are cultivating a very deadly, sinful pride

Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating Mass on the feast of Divine Mercy in St Peter's Square  (CNS)

The Pope gave a homily at Mass celebrating the transferred feast of the Annunciation

Peter and John running to Jesus’s empty tomb by Swiss painter Eugène Burnand

Word this Week

Easter Sunday, Acts 10:34 & 37-43; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9 (Year C)

Residents hold baby Jesus figures during a procession in celebration of "Dia de la Candelaria," or Candlemas Day in Mexico. (CNS photo/Jim West)

The Pontiff has delivered a video message ahead of his visit to the country

The Pope expressed his hope that the day of prayer would promote an encounter of people of different religions  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Christians, Muslims and Jews all share compassion and care for the sick, Francis says

The Adoration of the Magi by Botticelli

The spectacle of Three Kings offering their treasures is a crucial example of how we can live faithfully

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of the St Mary Major's Basilica in Rome (AP)

‘Let us pass through the Holy Door of Mercy knowing the Virgin Mary is at our side,’ the Pope said

A detail from The Visitation by the Italian Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo

Let us pray for the Bethlehem of our day

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Micah 5:1-4; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-44 (Year C)

The Assumption of the Virgin by Francesco Botticini

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Revelations (11: 19 & 12: 1-6 ) Corinthians (15: 45-51 ) Luke (1: 39-56 )