Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, has been patroness of the United States since the mid-19th century
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The Pope made the private visit shortly after 6am on Dec. 8.
In October, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) found 100 incidents of vandalism reported at Catholic sites in the U.S. since May 2020.
‘The Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things…’
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
ROUNDTABLE: The Register speaks with Bill McCormick, Jenny Kraska and Joe Capizzi on patriotism, Americanism and the significance of the United States’ patroness on her feast day.
“Within the walls of the house of Nazareth, we thus see a marvelous characteristic of Mary’s heart: having received the highest of compliments, she is troubled because she hears addressed to her what she has not attributed to herself.”
“Mary's function as mother of men in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power.” (CCC 970)
December 8 marks the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.