O Mary Conceived Without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee.
Pontiff Hails Mary as Mother and Teacher
Calls May a Time to Rediscover Her Role
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2006 (Zenit)- Benedict XVI proposes May to be a time to rediscover the role of the Virgin Mary in Christian life.
After Christ's resurrection, when the apostles gathered with her, Mary was for them both "mother and teacher, a role she continues to carry out for Christians of all times," the Pope said today before praying the Regina Caeli with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square.
"Every year, during Eastertide, we live this experience more intensely and, perhaps, precisely for this reason, popular tradition has consecrated the month of May, which normally falls between Easter and Pentecost, to Mary," the Holy Father said.
The Bishop of Rome invited the faithful to rediscover in the coming month "the maternal role she carries out in our lives, so that we may always be docile disciples and courageous witnesses of the risen Lord."
Benedict XVI entrusted to Mary "the needs of the Church and of the world, especially at this moment marked by not a few shadows."
The Pope invited those present to invoke the intercession of St. Joseph, whom the Church will remember on Monday as worker, especially for the labor world.
The Holy Father will begin the month of May by praying the rosary Monday afternoon at the Shrine of Divine Love, near Rome.