Pope adds feast of Mary, mother of the Church, to universal calendar
Pope Francis has decreed that Latin-rite Catholics around the world will mark the feast of “the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church” on the Monday after Pentecost each year.
The Gospel reading for the feast, which technically is called a “memorial,” is John 19:25-31, which recounts how from the cross Jesus entrusted Mary to his disciples as their mother and entrusted his disciples to Mary as her children.
The decree announcing the addition to the church calendar was released March 3 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
Pope Francis approved the decree after “having attentively considered how greatly the