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Pope Francis walks past an image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus after laying a white rose in front of it in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

As Mary is, so all Christians should aspire to be

Fr Esequiel Sanchez, rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, blesses riders as they make their way to the shrine in Des Plaines, Illinois (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

‘All evangelisation in America happened on horseback,’ says rector at Illinois shrine

Our Lady of Guadalupe brought tenderness and mercy (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

The Aztec death cult was pitiless. The apparition of Our Lady changed that

Gianna Jessen was nearly aborted at 7-and-a-half months

Everyone should hear the testimony of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen

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

Pope Francis uses incense to venerate an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe during Mass on Saturday (CNS)

The Pope made the announcement during Mass in St Peter’s Basilica honouring Our Lady of Guadalupe

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/12/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square (AP)

The Holy Father is never afraid to show that he defers to Our Lady

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Francis has a particular devotion to Mary as rescuer of marriages

Bishop Mark Davies (Photo: Mazur/

Bishop Davies says ‘culture of death’ today threatens those considered to be a financial burden