Pope Francis will travel to Fatima, Portugal May 12-13 in honor of the centenary of the apparitions.
"On the occasion of the centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Cova da Iria, and welcoming the invitation of the Republic and of the Portuguese bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will go on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima May 12-13, 2017."
The historic, world-famous, International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting the following parishes as part of the Fatima Centennial US Tour for Peace, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions:
Saturday, April 1 8am-2pm Saint Joseph on the Brandywine, Wilmington
Saturday, April 1 4pm-6am -All Night Vigil- St. Mary of the Assumption, Hockessin (new)
Sunday, April 2 12 Noon-6am -All Night Vigil- Saint Jude The Apostle, Lewes
Monday, April 3 10am-6am -All Night Vigil- Saints Peter & Paul, Easton, MD
Many favors and graces, including cures, and countless conversions are associated with the historic Image. Join us for an extraordinary day of graces, healing and prayer with Our Lady.
All are welcome! Say “Yes” to Our Lady!
For more information email Mary Beth Payne or call (302) 897-3022.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of our Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal to three shepherd children—Lucia dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto—the historic, International Pilgrim Virgin statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be traveling to parishes in more than 100 dioceses within the United States.
The Blessed Mother appeared to the three children on the 13th day of the months of May to October, 1917, exhorting them to be fervent in working for the conversion and salvation of souls. She identified the conversion of sinners as a key to peace in the world.
The International Statue was sculpted in 1947 by José Thedim upon the precise instructions of Sister Lucia, whose desire was that the pilgrim image represent Our Lady’s position when she revealed herself as the Immaculate Heart to herself and the two other shepherd children. It was blessed on October 13, 1947 and commissioned to serve as a means by which our Lady’s message of hope, peace and salvation might be carried to a world that is in need of God’s healing grace.
The custody and mission of this world-famous statue is under the auspice of the World Apostolate of Fatima USA – Our Lady’s Blue Army - which continues her journeys throughout the world with its principal statue custodian Patrick L. Sabat.