5 things to know about the Feast of Mary Help of Christians

- The first Christians in Greece, Egypt, Antioch, Ephesus, Alexandria and Athens called the Blessed Virgin Mary with the name of "Help of Christians";

- Mary Help of Christians interceded in the battles of Lepanto and Vienna;

- In 1814 Napoleon signed his abdication and in 1815, when the Church recovered its position and its spiritual power, Pope Pius VII established on May 24 the feast of Mary Help of Christians to perpetuate the memory of his return to Rome following his imprisonment;

- The spread of devotion to Mary Help of Christians is to be attributed to St. John Bosco, who chose her as the main patroness of the Salesian Family and its works;

- During his apostolic journey to Turin in 2015, Pope Francis said that he was educated in a Salesian school and that he learned to love Mary Help of Christians during his childhood.

Source: Church Pop


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