On Friday evening in Rome, a century-old prophecy was fulfilled, at least in the eyes of some Catholics. At the Vatican, Pope Francis led a prayer for peace in Ukraine, along with a call to free the world "from the menace of nuclear weapons" and a request for forgiveness for humanity having "forgotten the lessons learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two World Wars." That's not a surprising appeal from a religious leader who has spent weeks trying to intercede in the bloody war underway in Eastern Europe. More specifically though, the pope's prayer consecrates Ukraine and Russia "to the Immaculate Heart of Mary" — a reference to the purported apparition of the Virgin Mary before three Portuguese children in 1917, which has become a touchstone to many conservative Catholics ever since.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14 (Read John 1:1-14) Who is this Child born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem and laid in a...
It’s a cold, wet, wintry Saturday night in Dublin, and The Virgin Mary gives out an inviting glow. Through the window on Capel Street it looks like less of a pub than a high-end, low-lit cocktail lounge. Such places are still a relative rarity here on the north side of the River Liffey. On deciding to enter, you will soon find out it’s even rarer than that. Order a pint of Guinness or a shot of whiskey, ask to see the wine or cocktail list, and just see what they say behind the bar. “We have to be straight with...
Behind St. Patrick’s Church in Jaffrey, nestled in a stone archway, there is a statue of the Virgin Mary, in a quiet place for prayer and reflection. Throughout this year, the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus have been working on the monument, restoring it and bringing it to new prominence for the church.