Francis’ Medjugorje message expresses ‘Marian classic’

Francis’ Medjugorje message expresses ‘Marian classic’ Pilgrims pray at a statue of Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje. Mary “is not a postmistress, delivering messages every day,” Pope Francis said in 2013 when asked about the Marian shrine. Photo: CNS
Letter from Rome More than a decade ago, I coined the phrase ‘Marian cool’ to characterise Pope Benedict XVI’s attitude toward Mary. While the German pontiff developed a stronger attachment to Mary later in life than he had as a young theologian, when he feared Marian devotion was a distraction from the centrality of Christ,…
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