SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) — A new Christmas pageant at a church in Spokane skips the camels and wise men and focuses on the Magnificat—a biblical song from Mary that challenges the status quo.
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (RNS) — The new statue will commemorate the Marian apparition at La Vang in the late 1700s, a centerpiece of Vietnamese Catholic faith.
Every year on August 15, the Virgin of the Assumption is venerated at the end of La Feria del Elote, a two-week-long corn festival in Jala, Mexico.
(The Conversation) — In a Catholic parish in Hobbs, New Mexico, a statue of the Virgin Mary has been “weeping,” likely setting in motion an investigation by the local bishop and renewing questions about the meaning for the faithful about such phenomena.
A new book raises the question of Mary's virginity, and points to all the other issues it touches on: theology and the body, how the church regards women, and the troubling matter of sexual consent.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Speaking in Portuguese, the pope defined his two-day official visit to the Catholic shrine May 12-13 as a 'pilgrimage of hope and peace.'
(RNS) Pope Francis will be the fourth pontiff to visit the famous Marian shrine in Portugal, and one of millions who travel there each year. What is the attraction?
KHIDIR ILYAS, Iraq, (Reuters) - The history pages of Iraq's Christian community lie in charred fragments on the floor of a fourth-century monastery near Mosul which Islamic State militants ransacked during a two-year occupation that ended over the weekend.
(RNS) Security is being beefed up as thousands of pilgrims flock to a Marian shrine in southwest France. Why Lourdes and what is the Assumption?
(RNS) Consent is not only part of the story -- it’s the cornerstone of the story.
(RNS) Look around. The Virgin Mary is everywhere -- tattoos, roadside shrines, phone cases, even drawstring pants. The mother of Jesus, it seems, can be all things to all people.
(RNS) The upcoming decision comes 34 years since a group of six young people in Medjugorje claimed the Virgin Mary had appeared to them.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Catholic bishops did not conclusively rule out the possibility that the visions were supernatural, but said only that there was insufficient evidence.
(RNS) Why is the Virgin Birth the lynchpin of Christianity? Was it miracle or metaphor? And can you call yourself a Christian if you can't accept the idea of the Virgin Birth?
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) “We estimate that in the past dozen years at least 3,000 babies have been born to mothers who prayed in the grotto,” said the Franciscan brother who guards it.
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