“I am particularly thankful because the Immaculate Conception is also the Patroness of the Church in the United States of America,” Cardinal Gregory said on Sept. 27.
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There’s plenty to be excited for in this season, even if you’re not nose-deep in the liturgical calendar.
The Holy Father led the Angelus Dec. 8 from the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter's Square.
Photographs show Pope Francis standing at the base of the statue with his head bowed, sheltering beneath a black umbrella in the rain-slicked square.
Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, composed a prayer of entrustment to Mary for Catholics to say from home on the solemnity.
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.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!