Pope Francis, through a decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has inscribed the celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto into the General Roman Calendar.

The decree notes that the Shrine of the Holy House of Loreto, venerated by generations of pilgrims and honored by numerous popes, “recalls the mystery of the Incarnation, leading all those who visit it to consider ‘the fullness of time,’ when God sent his Son, born of a woman, as well as to meditate both on the words of the Angel announcing the Good News and on the words of the Virgin in response to the divine call.”

The Congregation also published the liturgical texts for the memorial, which will be celebrated each year on December 10.

In March, on the feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis went to visit Loreto, reflecting on how within those very walls on the feast celebrated that day, Mary gave her yes to invitation expressed by the Angel Gabriel.

He went on to reflect about Loreto in the lives of the young, families, and the sick, and signed Christus Vivit there.

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