May 24 – Saint Mary, Our Lady Help of Christians: Patron Saint of Australia, New Zealand

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Our Lady, Help of Christians: Patron Saint of New Zealand (Feast Date: May 24)

Extract fromMARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS Patroness of Australia: “‘Who was the patron selected by the people and their newly arrived pastor, Father Therry, for the Mother Church? Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, under the special invocation of Help of Christians, was chosen patroness. In choosing Mary, the young Church was following a sure Catholic instinct. But why the particular title of Help of Christians? Events had happened in Europe only several years earlier, and this no doubt was still fresh in people’s minds. Napoleon Bonaparte had jailed Pope Pius VI who died in goal, after which Pope Pius VII was elected. . . . The Holy Father vowed to God that, if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary. Military reverses forced Napoleon…

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