- Dec 10, 2019
“The Holy Father knows well what I think, and knows he has a supporter in me for his reforms,” Cardinal-designate Antonio dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima said.
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.
At the center of the new shrine at St. James Church, is a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary with statues of the three children of Fatima kneeling and praying before her. The statues of the children are spaced so that those who visit can kneel between them and pray.
In a ceremony last week, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, saying, “In her maternal presence, Mary is there to advocate for us.”
A gathering called ‘Rosary to the Borders’ in Poland organized by lay Catholics, has stoked some controversy. While organizers contend that it is a purely religious event, as well as one that memorializes the anniversaries of Fatima and the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, others say it represents a somewhat anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim symbolism and sentiment found in the country.
A commission established by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recognized the first seven apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina as real. Pope Francis said during a press conference on his way back from Fatima that he did not give much credit to the most recent apparitions.