United by Our Mother

This week – and throughout the month of October – we celebrate the Month of the Rosary,  honoring the Mother of Our Lord  and looking to the Blessed Virgin as an example of, as Pope Francis says, a “woman of faith who made room for God in her heart and in her plan.”

By: Office of Communications


During his September 25 homily given at the Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Pope Francis spoke on the hardships that can sometimes accompany big city living but also reminded us of the hidden gems that await us:

“Living in a big city is not always easy. A multicultural context presents many complex challenges. Yet big cities are a reminder of the hidden riches present in our world: in the diversity of its cultures, traditions and historical experiences. In the variety of its languages, costumes and cuisine. Big cities bring together all the different ways which we human beings have discovered to express the meaning of life, wherever we may be.”

The Holy Father’s words remind us not only of the beauty in our diversity but by living in the same city or region, we are brought together by our shared community.

Our faith, specifically the shared devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, brings together varied regions and cultures under the mantle of her motherhood. Pope Francis reminds us of her example when referring to her in his homily on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God:

She, the Mother of God, is also the Mother of the Church, and through the Church, the mother of all men and women, and of every people.

Here in Washington, D.C., at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, we have a beautiful opportunity to witness Our Mother in her various devotions around the world in the upper Church.


May we, while appreciating our culture uniqueness, also remember our shared faith and devotion to the Church under the mantle and devotion of Our Mother, Mary. She, as Pope Francis reminds us, gave us:

“a human face to the eternal Word, so that all of us can contemplate Him.”

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