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Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

The Holy Father’s prayer will be part of a two-day Marian celebration in October, the month of the Rosary. by CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY08/14/2013 Comments (70)– CNA VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the iconic statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.

“The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world, and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” wrote Cardinal Rino Fisichella.

Cardinal Fisichella, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, made his remarks in a letter to Bishop Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima. According to the Portuguese shrine’s website, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima will leave for Rome on the morning of Oct. 12 and return on the afternoon of Oct. 13.

The statue normally resides in the shrine’s Little Chapel of Apparitions. The cardinal said that “all ecclesial entities of Marian spirituality” are invited to take part in the celebration. Hundreds of movements and institutions that emphasize Marian devotion are expected to attend, the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima says.

The two-day observance includes an Oct. 12 pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter and moments of prayer and meditation. On Oct. 13, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children in the village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917. She warned of violent trials in the 20th century if the world did not make reparation for sins. She urged prayer and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the request of Pope Francis, Cardinal Jose Polycarp, the patriarch of Lisbon, consecrated the Pope’s pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, her feast day.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis plans to take part in a mid-October Marian celebration that will commemorate the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 51st anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization organized a Marian weekend for Oct. 12-13, upon the request of then-Pope Benedict XVI. This event will mark the 51st anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, as well as the date of the last apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal.

On Oct. 13, 1917, at Cova da Iria, Mary appeared for the sixth time to three shepherd children: Lucia Santos and her cousins, Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto. During the apparition, the sun changed color, size and position for about 10 minutes, and it has since been known as the “Miracle of the Sun.”

The theme of the Vatican gathering will be “Blessed are you for believing!” and will include the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which will be brought to St. Peter’s Square and exposed for veneration. There will be a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter at 8am on Oct. 12, with Eucharistic adoration and confession at 9am in nearby churches. Pope Francis will welcome the statue at 5pm in St. Peter’s Square, where he will then give a catechesis on Mary. At 7pm, the statue will be taken to the Sanctuary of Divine Love, where people will pray the Rosary simultaneously in Marian shrines across the world.

The day will end with a prayer vigil. On Oct. 13, the statue will be taken back to St. Peter’s Square at 10am, where faithful will pray the Rosary, followed by Mass at 10:30am, celebrated by Pope Francis.

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