- Mar 1, 2021
A Detroit-area chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary and her appearance to children in Europe in 1917 has been declared a local Catholic shrine.
Most movie patrons head for the exits once they see the closing credits start rolling. Those who do that after watching “Fatima,” though, will miss not one, but two songs performed by the famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, a Catholic.
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.”