Celebrating 100 years since the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

Saturday 13th May 2017 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima and marks 100 years since the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St Michael and St John at 11am on the Feast of Our Lady.

On 13th May1917, the Virgin Mary appeared at the Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal to three children tending their flock: Lucia Santos, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. It was an apparition that was repeated on the 13th of every month, for six consecutive months. 

This was a hard time for many living in this part of the world, as everyone found themselves in the middle of the first World War. On this day, a figure appeared to the three children and said: “I am the Angel of Peace”. An apparition of ‘a woman all in white', presented itself to the three children saying “Please don’t be afraid of me, I’m not going to harm you.” Lucia asked her where she came from and she responded, “I come from Heaven”. 

She wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her hand and asked them to pray and devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war.

During his weekly general audience in Rome, Pope Francis spoke lovingly about Our Lady of Fatima and her request to “never offend God again”.“She forewarns all humanity about the necessity of abandoning oneself to God, the source of love and mercy,” the Pope said.

Pope Francis will visit Fatima on 12th and 13th May for the official 100th anniversary celebrations and will canonise Jacinta and Francisco during his visit to Fatima, making them the youngest non-martyrs to be declared saints in the Church’s history.

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