• Pope to reunite with Muslim refugees in Fatima

    Pope to reunite with Muslim refugees in Fatima

    • May 13, 2017

    Pope Francis first met a four-generation family of Muslim refugees from Palestine in 2016 in the Vatican. Today they’re living in a community in Portugal located just two miles away from Fatima, and now the pontiff is spending some time with them again.

  • Pope extols Mary ‘of the Gospel,’ not of a ‘vengeful God’

    Pope extols Mary ‘of the Gospel,’ not of a ‘vengeful God’

    • May 12, 2017

    On his first day in Fatima, Pope Francis said that God’s mercy always has to be put before judgement, and that insisting on the punishing of sins without first speaking about them being forgiven by his mercy, is doing a “great injustice” to God’s grace. Francis’s words came as he addressed a crowd participating in a prayer service on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to three young, illiterate shepherds.

  • Fatima has a history with papal assassination attempts

    Fatima has a history with papal assassination attempts

    • May 12, 2017

    While the Fatima shrine in Portugal is primarily about the Blessed Virgin Mary and her appearances to three shepherd children, it also has a history with papal assassination attempts, including two attacks on St. John Paul II in 1981 and 1982.