- Dec 5, 2019
Franciscan friar and EWTN host Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, passed away on the morning of Dec. 13, his community has confirmed.
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.
Though the couple was married in the United States, the aunt and uncle of Bishop Dominick J. Lagonegro happened to be visiting family in Portugal Oct. 13, 1917. They “heard what was going on” at Fatima and went to see for themselves, he said, sharing the incredible story of the Miracle of the Sun that his aunt had told him multiple times during his life.
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.”
About 2,000 pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport took a one-day pilgrimage to Washington to visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and the shrine’s new rosary walk and garden. The garden features a white Carrara marble sculpture of Our Lady of Fatima with the three child-visionaries at her feet, Lucia dos Santos and Jacinta and Francisco Marto. On the opposite side is the crucified Christ, sculpted from the same kind of marble.
If we want to talk about conversions, protection from enemies, battling heresy, building culture and so on, Mary’s influence is unparalleled. In “The Marian Option,” Dr. Carrie Gress says even if it does appear that the power of evil is winning in today’s world, we know that Mary is still more powerful.