- Inés San Martín
- Dec 17, 2017
In three out of four of his overseas trips in 2017, Francis had to measure his words and deeds very carefully, knowing that saying too much — or too little — could have been dangerous.
Many of the refugees who have been flooding into Bangladesh to escape the Myanmar military say they’re hopeful that a visit to the region by Pope Francis will help bring peace.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston followed Pope Francis to Portugal for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima and the canonization of the two shepherd children who witnessed the apparitions. For the Cardinal, who heads Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, children were the stars of the show.
The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, installed relics of Jacinta and Francisco Marto at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Karjat, India, on May 13. During the liturgy, Gracias blessed a new altar at the shrine, and renewed the Act of Consecration of the Archdiocese of Bombay to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Relics of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the seers of Fatima canonized by Pope Francis on Saturday, were installed in Our Lady of Fatima church in Victoria, Canada, on May 14. The relics consisted of fragments of the original coffin of each child. A statue of Our Lady of the Rosary also was unveiled and blessed in a courtyard in front of the church.
Pope Francis on Saturday praised an abuse survivor who quit his own reform commission citing Vatican resistance, saying she was “right on some issues,” but also defended the Church’s record in recovering from the abuse scandals. He also talked about his looming May 24 meeting with Donald Trump, the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, and Medjugorje.