- Sep 21, 2020
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.
Speaking in Fatima, Portugal, where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared 100 years ago and offered secrets and revelations to three shepherd children, two of whom were declared saints on Saturday, Pope Francis warned a half-million people not to lead a life that profanes God, because doing so puts one on the path to Hell.
The “third secret of Fatima” refers to a message during the apparitions predicting suffering and persecution of the Pope and the Church. Unlike the first two secrets – a vision of hell and a prediction of World War II – the third secret was not initially revealed by Sister Lucia, one of the three children Mary visited in 1917.
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.