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Our Lady of Walsingham (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Here are four shrines that are flourishing

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

A detail from Fra Angelico's Madonna of Humility (1433–1435)

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

An infant rides atop a pickup truck during a St Patrick's Day Parade (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

How to tell the story of St Patrick

Growing up in Ireland, we learnt in primary school that one of St Patrick’s stellar achievements was banishing the snakes from Ireland

St Dominic’s Priory in Haverstock Hill

The cardinal will inaugurate the shrine at St Dominic’s Priory with a Mass in October

A wall mosaic in the Holy Ghost Chapel, part of the Slipper Chapel in Walsingham (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The wonder of Walsingham

A huge donation revealed last week will allow the shrine to go from strength to strength

The original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is rotated so that Pope Francis can pray before it in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City (CNS)

Francis sat alone in prayerful silence with the miraculous image of the Virgin after celebrating Mass

People attend Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City (AP)

The Pope words during Mass at the basilica and shrine in Mexico City