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Pope says Mary is always ready to help

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Marian devotion: A woman holds her rosary beads as Pope Francis delivers his recitation of the “Regina Coeli” from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on June 1.
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STANDING before a replica of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes from France, Pope Francis told Vatican employees and other guests that Mary is a mother who never makes her children wait for a response to their prayers.

 “She is the virgin of readiness, Our Lady of Haste,” the Pope said on May 31 at the end of a Rosary procession and prayer service marking the feast of the Visitation and the end of May, the month traditionally devoted to Mary.

 As darkness fell and those participating in the procession held candles in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis noted how in the Gospel of Luke’s description of Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth, it says Mary went “in haste”.

 “She did not lose time; she went right away to serve,” the Pope said.

 Mary is always “ready to come to our aid when we pray to her, when we ask her help, her protection over us”, Pope Francis said. “In the many moments of life when we need the help of her protection, remember that she will not make us wait: she is Our Lady of Haste.”

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