Friday, March 25: Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Friday, March 25: Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vatican News—Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, 25 March, during the Celebration of Penance that he will preside over at 5pm in St Peter’s Basilica. The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, said in a statement: “The same act, on the same day,…

Our Lady of Guadalupe: What ophthamologists discovered in Mary’s eyes

Our Lady of Guadalupe: What ophthamologists discovered in Mary’s eyes

Monastery Icons—In the winter of 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego, a humble Mexican Indian peasant, instructing him to tell the local bishop of her desire for the construction of a new basilica dedicated to her. Begging for a sign to convince the Bishop, Saint Juan Diego was told to climb to…

The Most Powerful Weapon: The Holy Rosary

The Most Powerful Weapon: The Holy Rosary

In October 2009, a battalion of soldiers from Britain’s Coldstream Guards was deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan to launch an offensive with U.S. and NATO forces against the Taliban.  Among them was Private Glenn Hockton, an 18-year-old from the Essex region northeast of London. He was responsible for loading shells into mortars.