Marking the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, The event began with a reflection by the 79-year-old Australian cardinal at the Angelicum’s Church of Sts. Dominic and Sixtus, one of Rome’s titular churches assigned to cardinals.
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Christians have always honored the Blessed Virgin on Saturdays because of her constant faith in Jesus on that first Holy Saturday before the Resurrection.
COMMENTARY: The 40th anniversary is a fitting time to dwell on God’s providence throughout the 20th century, which was the most violent, chaotic, and murderous 100-year period in human history.
Addressing a reduced number of pilgrims due to coronavirus restrictions, the cardinal said: “What did the Virgin ask to humanity, through the little shepherds? Prayer, penance, and conversion, that is, concrete means of interior reconstruction.”
COMMENTARY: The saint was convinced he was saved by the Blessed Mother’s intercession in 1981.
The Polish Pope encapsulated Our Lady’s message when he gave his 1982 homily at the Portugal shrine.
On May 13, 1917, Mary appeared for the first time to a group of three Portuguese children in Fatima, Portugal.
“I shall ask that on the First Saturday of every month,” said Our Lady, “Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.”
Children, Parents and Teachers: Join the Global Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale on Tuesday, Oct. 13.