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Pope: let us give Mary the roses and the "thorns," the ills of our society
Benedict XVI asks all to express solidarity and unity with children, the elderly, immigrants, families in economic difficulty, the unemployed. The Immaculate Conception confirms for us that "the victory of love is possible," and that reality can be faced "with courage and responsibility."
Pope: Immaculate Mary, reflection of the Beauty that saves the world
On the feast of the Virgin, Benedict XVI also recalls "the overwhelming evidence" of original sin and evil in society and in ourselves. In the afternoon, the pope goes to Piazza di Spagna to honor the statue of Mary, "mother of all the redeemed."
Pope prays for peace among families and countries in war on the feast of the Immaculate Conception
Like Mary, the Church carries Jesus, meets the opposition of a fierce adversary, pope says
During the act of veneration of the statue of the Virgin in Rome’s Spanish Square, Benedict XVI explained the meaning of the Woman in the Book of Revelation (and the Immaculate), “clothed with the sun” but “with the moon under her feet” and “on her head a crown of twelve stars”. Although the “Church suffers persecution”, it “is victorious”, and the “only danger of which” it “can and should be afraid is the sin of its members”.
Pope: Let us entrust to the Virgin Immaculate each of us, the Church and the world
This afternoon Benedict XVI will honour the statue of the Virgin at the Spanish Steps. "In the trials of life, in the storms that shake” the Church, it is supported by Mary, Mother of the Church. Through the "seed of the woman," God overcomes the serpent. Greetings to the Pontifical Academy of the Immaculate and Italian Azione Cattolica.
Plenary indulgence on the 40th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council
Pope issues the indulgence for tomorrow. In addition to the usual conditions, the faithful must offer "an open witness of Marian devotion".
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