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IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

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The feast has its roots in the Marian apostolate of  St. John Eudes (1680), an outstanding apostle of devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. After repeated requests and repeated refusals between 1669 and 1729, on December 8, 1942, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, Pope Pius XII dedicated the Church and the human race to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He placed the feast on August 22 and extended it to the entire Latin Church. It has now been moved closer to the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, always falling on the Saturday after the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.