In the Latin rite of the Catholic Church, Dec. 8 is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, but this year it was moved to Monday the 9th to avoid a conflict with the Second Sunday of Advent.
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O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Angelus address marking the feast in which the Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception of Mary, honoring the Catholic dogma that she was conceived without sin.
The Holy Father venerated the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna on Dec. 8, continuing the tradition set by his predecessors in the late 1900s.
The Dec. 8 opening of the Jubilee of Mercy, an extraordinary holy year, coincided with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Year will close Nov. 20, 2016, with the Solemnity of Christ the King.