Sacred Heart of Mary

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Devotion to the heart of the BVM was fostered in the 17th cent. by St John Eudes, who linked it with the cult of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1805 Pius VII allowed the observance of a feast, which in 1944 was made universal, to be kept on 22 Aug.; in 1969 it became an optional ‘memoria’.

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