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Fireworks are set off at the inauguration of a new statue of the Virgin of the Socavon on Santa Barbara hill outside of Oruro, Bolivia, Feb. 1. The statue of Mary and the Christ Child measures 148-feet in height and pays homage to the local patroness inv oked in the protection of mine workers.
Catholic News Service photo
Fireworks are set off at the inauguration of a new statue of the Virgin of the Socavon on Santa Barbara hill outside of Oruro, Bolivia, Feb. 1. The statue of Mary and the Christ Child measures 148-feet in height and pays homage to the local patroness inv oked in the protection of mine workers.

Mary is a mother who helps Christians grow, face the difficulties of life and use their freedom to make lasting commitments, Pope Francis says.

Marking Catholics’ traditional celebration of May as the month of Mary, Pope Francis led the recitation of the rosary at the Basilica of St. Mary Major.