Francis Suggests Mary Did Not Intend to Be ‘Ever Virgin’

Pope Francis celebrates a centenary mass marking the apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima's Sanctuary, central Portugal, on May 13, 2017. Two of the three child shepherds who reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, one century ago, will be declared saints today by Pope Francis. The …

“From the moment she was born until the Annunciation, to the moment she encountered the angel of God, I imagine her as a normal girl, a girl of today,” the pope declared in his interview with Father Marco Pozza, chaplain of the prison of Padua. “I can’t say she a city-girl, because she is from a small town, but normal, educated normally, open to marrying, to starting a family.” MORE