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Pope to Visit Fatima

Pope to Visit Fatima

The Holy See Press Office has announced that on the occasion of the centenary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Cova da Iria, and in response to the invitation from the president of the Republic and the Portuguese bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima from 12 to 13 May 2017.

From May 13 to October 13—and on the 13th of each month in between—Our Lady appeared to children Fracisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia Santos, encouraging prayer and penance. The Collect of the May 13 celebration of Our Lady of Fatima echoes this message:

O God, who chose the Mother of your Son to be our Mother also,
grant us that, persevering in penance and prayer
for the salvation of the world,
we may further more effectively each day the reign of Christ.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Adoremus Bulletin will have more on the place of Our Lady of Fatima in the liturgical life of the Church during the Centenary being celebrated in 2017.