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Mary, the mother of Jesus, holds a special place in the heart of every Catholic. Deepen that devotion by learning what the Bible says about her, what the Church believes about Mary and how Catholics can honor her.

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Learning About Mary
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Last Secret of Fatima: My Conversations With Sr. Lucia
New! With an introduction by Pope Benedict XVI and including information previously suppressed, the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, definitively reveals and explains one of the most controversial events in 20th-century Catholicism—the 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. Click here to find The Last Secret of Fatima audiobook in the SAMP Books catalog.

Mary of History
New! In this Catholic Update, Robert P. Maloney, C.M.examines the Mary of history, whose life is so intertwined with the mystery of Jesus, by exploring religious, economic, cultural and political circumstances of her life.

Mary and the Bible
In Search of the Real Mary
Mary, the First Disciple
The Many Faces of Mary in Nazareth

What Catholics Believe About Mary
The Maternity of Mary
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Catholic Devotion to Mary
Picturing Mary: A Mother's Love
Crowning the Queen of the May
Calling Upon Mother Mary
Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Guide for the New Millennium
Mother Teresa's Handwritten Prayer to Mary
Honoring Mary in Your Garden
Praying the Rosary

Our Lady of Lourdes
Lourdes: 150 Years of God’s Healing Care
Pope John Paul II and Suffering
The Witness of a Cross-carrying Pope
Prayers for Healing
News Feature: Lourdes’ 150th Anniversary

Resources About Mary
Marian prayer, tradition, devotions and spirituality from the Mysteries of the Rosary to Our Lady of Guadalupe are the focus of resources from St. Anthony Messenger Press Books and Servant Books that reflect the special place that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, holds in the heart of every Catholic.
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Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta): Mother Teresa of Kolkata, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Among those present were hundreds of Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in 1950 as a diocesan religious community. Today the congregation also includes contemplative sisters and brothers and an order of priests. 
<p>Born to Albanian parents in what is now Skopje, Macedonia (then part of the Ottoman Empire), Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu was the youngest of the three children who survived. For a time, the family lived comfortably, and her father's construction business thrived. But life changed overnight following his unexpected death. </p><p>During her years in public school Agnes participated in a Catholic sodality and showed a strong interest in the foreign missions. At age 18 she entered the Loreto Sisters of Dublin. It was 1928 when she said goodbye to her mother for the final time and made her way to a new land and a new life. The following year she was sent to the Loreto novitiate in Darjeeling, India. There she chose the name Teresa and prepared for a life of service. She was assigned to a high school for girls in Kolkata, where she taught history and geography to the daughters of the wealthy. But she could not escape the realities around her—the poverty, the suffering, the overwhelming numbers of destitute people. </p><p>In 1946, while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat, Sister Teresa heard what she later explained as “a call within a call. The message was clear. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.” She also heard a call to give up her life with the Sisters of Loreto and, instead, to “follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor.” </p><p>After receiving permission to leave Loreto, establish a new religious community and undertake her new work, she took a nursing course for several months. She returned to Kolkata, where she lived in the slums and opened a school for poor children. Dressed in a white sari and sandals (the ordinary dress of an Indian woman) she soon began getting to know her neighbors—especially the poor and sick—and getting to know their needs through visits. </p><p>The work was exhausting, but she was not alone for long. Volunteers who came to join her in the work, some of them former students, became the core of the Missionaries of Charity. Others helped by donating food, clothing, supplies, the use of buildings. In 1952 the city of Kolkata gave Mother Teresa a former hostel, which became a home for the dying and the destitute. As the order expanded, services were also offered to orphans, abandoned children, alcoholics, the aging, and street people. </p><p>For the next four decades Mother Teresa worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor. Her love knew no bounds. Nor did her energy, as she crisscrossed the globe pleading for support and inviting others to see the face of Jesus in the poorest of the poor. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On September 5, 1997, God called her home.</p> American Catholic Blog A healthy marriage is that it is a witness of Jesus’s love for the 
Church. We are the bride of Christ, and the greatest declaration of the groom’s love is found at the cross. The complete gift of self by Jesus at Calvary is so entire that it is life-giving.

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