Cardinal Sodano Invokes Mary Before Conclave

On February 11th, Cardinal Sodano responding to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s resignation said:   And you did not hesitate, although moved with emotion, to answer that you accepted, trusting in the Lord’s grace and the maternal intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church. Like Mary on that day she gave her ‘yes’, and your luminous pontificate began, following…

Mary and Benedict XVI’s Final Words to Cardinals

This is why Guardini’s other famous expression is true and eloquent: ‘The Church is awakening within souls.’ The Church lives, grows, and awakens in souls that—like the Virgin Mary—embrace the Word of God and conceive of it as the work of the Holy Spirit. The[y] offer God their very flesh and, precisely in their poverty…

Mary and Benedict XVI’s Last General Audience

We call upon the maternal intercession of Mary, the Mother of God and of the Church, that she might accompany each of us and the entire ecclesial community. We entrust ourselves to her with deep confidence. Dear friends! God guides His Church, always sustaining her even and especially in difficult times. Let us never lose…

Mary in Benedict XVI’s Abdication

From the very beginning of his papacy, Benedict XVI implored the intercession of the Virgin Mother of God.  After the glorious announcement of Habemus Papamin 2005, Pope Benedict concluded his opening remarks with “In the joy of the Risen Lord, trusting in His permanent help, as we go forward the Lord will help us, and…