Pope Francis decrees new celebration dedicated to Virgin Mary

DW – March 4, 2018

The Roman Catholic Church now has an official day to celebrate the Virgin Mary, the Vatican announced on Saturday.

Pope Francis decreed that the feast day, which designates Mary as the “Mother of the Church,” would be celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost. This year, the day falls on May 21.

The decree stated that the feast day is intended to celebrate Mary not only as the mother of Jesus, but also as a fundamental figure in the church.

Francis hoped the feast day would “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety.”

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