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Historic Fatima statue becomes centerpiece of pilgrimage site for centenary celebration

Parishioners pass by the Our Lady of Fatima Statue at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral) on July 8 during evening Mass.

In May 1970, Cardinal John J. Carberry led a delegation of 88 people from St. Louis on a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. It was the first time an English-speaking prelate had been invited to celebrate Mass at the Fatima shrine; he did so before an estimated 500,000 pilgrims from around the world on May 13 — the 53rd anniversary of the Blessed Mother's first apparition to three Portuguese children.

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DEAR FATHER | Applause at church raises question of appropriateness

Msgr. Matthew Mitas

I think that the most apt criticism of the liturgy, as it is celebrated in many places in this post-Vatican II era, is that it is too "man-centered." You can connect with people anywhere, but you go to Mass to connect with the Almighty, and there is nothing else on earth that has the power to do that like the sacred liturgy of the Catholic Church. So, wherever that criticism is justified, it is a lamentable thing.

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