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Year of Mary

Mary’s simple message: Say yes to God

CHARLESTON—Officially, the Year of Mary was brought to a close on the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, with Mass at St. Mary of the Annunciation. Celebrating the actual conception of Mary was a fitting honor to close out the Marian Year and pay tribute to a holy woman who spent her life saying […]

The day of the promised miracle

Fatima – Oct. 13, 1917: Tension was high in the dos Santos household on the 13th of October as people were crowding the Cova da Iria in anticipation of the announced miracle. Lucy had asked the Lady from heaven to provide a miracle to help people believe, to which the Lady agreed as well as […]

Mary sets the example at Respect Life Conference

COLUMBIA—It was only appropriate that the Diocese of Charles­ton’s 2017 Respect Life Conference be named for Mary, the mother of God. Commemorating the 100th anniver­sary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, “Mary: Patroness of the Vulnerable — Blessed Mother’s Wit­ness to Love and Life”, kicked off the 40 Days for Life campaign Sept. 16 at […]

Details about the awaited miracle

Fatima – Sept. 13, 1917: The ridicule of the secular press increased the noonday crowd by a few thousand more than in August. The preliminary signs were increased. There was a sudden cooling of the air, dimming of the sun until stars were visible, rain resem­bling iridescent petals or snowflakes fell without reaching the ground. […]

Dougherty rows Intracoastal Waterway to share message of Fatima

JOHNS ISLAND—With each dip of his paddle blade in the water, Greg Dougherty elicits a prayer. He navigates a difficult journey with faith in God and trust in Mary. Dougherty is rowing a 19-foot canoe 1,400 miles from Miami to New York in the hopes of bringing attention to the centennial of Mary’s appearance to […]

Pope prays for Mary to bring peace to our world

VATICAN CITY—In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world. After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the pope asked Mary to obtain “for everyone consolation and a future of serenity and harmony.” “To […]

The Assumption of Mary into heaven

Today, Catholics and many other Christians will celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope Pius XII […]

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Month of Mary Daily Devotion: May 31

This is part of a series of daily devotionals for May, the month of Mary. During the feast of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, Pope Benedict the 16th recalled, “this event is characterized by the joy expressed by the words with which the Blessed Virgin Mary glorifies the Almighty for the great […]

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Month of Mary Daily Devotion: May 30

This is part of a series of daily devotionals for May, the month of Mary. By actively participating in Christ’s Incarnation and his work on Earth, Mary helped acquire the graces which she was privileged to be “the most influential Mediatrix and Conciliatrix of the whole world with her only-begotten Son.” The motherhood of Mary […]

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