- Jan 24, 2020
Pope Francis on Thursday approved a miracle attributed to two of the visionaries who say they saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1917. The pope was already scheduled to visit the Marian shrine to mark the 100th anniversary of the event.
“It’s going to be an important year in the church because it’s the 100th anniversary of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima and we’re going to be celebrating that particular event in the diocese along with the universal church,” said Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence.
Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, known as one of the Church’s stoutest champions of tradition on marriage and family issues, said in 2008 that Fatima visionary Sister Lucia wrote him a letter in which she said the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over the family.