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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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Fatima seers become Church’s youngest non-martyred saints

Portuguese shepherd children Lucia dos Santos, center, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, are seen in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima.

FATIMA, Portugal — Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima.

"We declare and define Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto as saints," the pope said May 13 as an estimated 500,000 pilgrims applauded.

The relics of the young shepherd children, encased in two thin golden crosses, were placed in front of the famed statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the "lady dressed in white" as the siblings and their cousin described her.

Pilgrimage to Fatima a time of prayer, encounter, pope says

Pope Francis arrived May 12 at Monte Real air base in Leiria, Portugal. The visit took place around the 100th anniversary of the first Marian apparition in Fatima, Portugal, and includes the canonization of two of the visionaries.

LEIRIA, Portugal -- Pope Francis said his two-day pilgrimage to Fatima would be a time of prayer and encounter with Jesus and Mary.

The visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima "is a bit special," he told reporters aboard his flight from Rome May 12. "It is a journey of prayer, an encounter with the Lord and the holy Mother of God."

After a three-hour flight, during which Pope Francis greeted each of the 69 journalists traveling with him, the papal plane landed at Monte Real air base, about 25 miles from Fatima.

Mary’s message of hope to be celebrated in small Wisconsin town

A priest listened to confessions outside of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis., last year. On May 18, 2017, the shrine will host a Marian Day in celebration of the hope-filled message of Mary in her appearances at Fatima 100 years ago.

CHAMPION, Wis. — A Marian Day to celebrate the hope-filled message Mary delivered to three children 100 years ago in the village of Fatima Portugal was being planned in the Diocese of Green Bay.

The event May 18 will include a presentation by Father Francisco Pereira, chaplain at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

The Marian Day is an effort between the Green Bay Diocesan Council for Catholic Women and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion.

International pilgrim statue of Fatima to visit St. Louis

In times of need, it's inherent for us to turn to our mother. For the past 100 years, millions of Catholics have turned to our spiritual mother, Our Lady of Fatima, for her message of hope, peace and salvation.

In November, the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue will visit five churches in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The visit is part of the World Apostolate of Fatima's U.S. Tour for Peace, marking the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal.

DEAR FATHER | Mary’s message at Fatima remains relevant 100 years later

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to three young children at Fatima, Portugal. While 100 years is a long time, the significance of an event shouldn't be judged solely on the time since it occurred. Indeed, the core message of Our Lady of Fatima is still fresh and relevant today.

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