- Jan 25, 2020
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston followed Pope Francis to Portugal for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima and the canonization of the two shepherd children who witnessed the apparitions. For the Cardinal, who heads Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, children were the stars of the show.
The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, installed relics of Jacinta and Francisco Marto at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Karjat, India, on May 13. During the liturgy, Gracias blessed a new altar at the shrine, and renewed the Act of Consecration of the Archdiocese of Bombay to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Relics of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the seers of Fatima canonized by Pope Francis on Saturday, were installed in Our Lady of Fatima church in Victoria, Canada, on May 14. The relics consisted of fragments of the original coffin of each child. A statue of Our Lady of the Rosary also was unveiled and blessed in a courtyard in front of the church.
In the great slaughterhouse of the twentieth century, the sheer scale of lethal evil, organized above all in the communist regimes, appeared to have loosed Satan himself in the world. In this context, the apparitions of Fatima were addressed directly to the wickedness of the twentieth century, as well as to the wickedness of sin that lurks in all of history.
“I need to feel your closeness, whether physical or spiritual; the important thing is that it come from the heart. In this way, I can arrange my bouquet of flowers, my ‘golden rose,’” Pope Francis said to the people of Portugal in a video message ahead of his Fatima visit.
The first Marian shrine in Asia dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima was built in 1935 at Karjat, near Mumbai. The church will hold special celebrations on May 13 to mark the centenary of the apparitions of Mary which took place in 1917 in in the Portuguese town, with an emphasis on prayers for peace.