Photography: The Italian Coastguard/Massimo Sestini.The Rector of the Fatima Shrine, Fr. Carlos Cabecinhas, said today "the dramatic refugee crisis to which Europe must respond cannot leave us indifferent and demands concrete solutions"; and he also said further "the Sanctuary will provide a home for stable reception of refugees." The Rector announced that, in addition to this initiative, "the sanctuary will also provide a building, normally used to house pilgrims, to welcome transitorily, those refugees awaiting for permanent housing."
The Anniversary International Pilgrimage on September 12 and 13 will be presided over by his Excellency Wilmar Santin, bishop of Itaituba, Brazil. At the Press Room of the Sanctuary, he said this was his first visit as a bishop, in spite of having already visited Fatima several times, "all of them a beautiful experience of faith."
With the date of August 27, 2015, the Shrine of Fatima received a communication from His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III of Damascus, Syria, informing that, because the conditions in Damascus were aggravated, he does not consider opportune and convenient the visit of the Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima to that diocese. So he asks for delaying the visit to a later and more favorable date. As the Shrine of Fatima has announced to the media, on August 12, that this visit of the Pilgrim Image to Damascus was scheduled for 7 to 9 September, 2015, makes now known its postponement. Rectory
A new school year is coming in Portugal, for next September. In another initiative proposed by the Sanctuary of Fatima, and carried out within the context of the official program of the Apparitions Centenary, the Portuguese Catholic schools are invited to take part in a multidisciplinary competition, that will reach the highest point with a cultural session at the III National Pilgrimage to Fatima of the Catholic schools, on October 21, 2016.
His Excellency, Manuel Linda, Bishop of the Armed Forces and Security of Portugal, presides in Fatima at the international pilgrimage of 12 and 13, August, which has as its central theme this motto: "We form one body" (Ephesians 4: 4), and in which is also integrated the migrant annual pilgrimage to Fatima.
In the year the Sanctuary of Fatima reflects, in a special way, on the fourth Marian apparition in the Cova da Iria, which, according to the testimony of the seers, occurred in August 1917, the exhibition "In this valley of tears", adopting as maxim the words of the hymn ‘Hail Holy Queen’ [Salve Regina], presents to visitors a reflection on the political and ideological context that marked the country and the world, during the second decade of the 20th century.
The 5th cycle of the thematic itinerary, that guides the life of the Sanctuary over seven years until 2017, takes as its starting point the apparition of Our Lady in August 1917. The option to set about, in each cycle of this septenary, reflecting on an apparition allows us to identify the fundamental ideas of the Fatima message and deepen its most significant topics, by fasting together in an organic and coherent way.
The Sanctuary of Fatima invites all those interested to the Opening Journey of the Pastoral Year 2014-2015, on the afternoon of November 29, Saturday, at the Pastoral Centre Paul VI. This Journey will mark officially the beginning of a new pastoral year at the Fatima Shrine, namely, the fifth of the septennial celebrating and commemorating the Centenary of the Apparitions.
The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima invites everyone to be present at the launching session of the volumes containing the Sermons on the Rosary - Maria Rosa Mystica, from the Complete Works of Fr. António Vieira. The session will take place in the Hall of Our Lady of Sorrows House of Retreats, at the Fatima Shrine, on Friday, October 31, starting at 15:00.
Arvo Pärt, famous and important composer in the field of contemporary music, created a musical piece dedicated to the Little Shepherds of Fatima, whose manuscript will be published in the October issue of Fatima XXI - Cultural Journal of the Sanctuary of Fatima. Fr. Carlos Cabecinhas announced that the piece will be presented in a concert on February 20, 2015, in Lisbon Cathedral.
The yearly international pilgrimage of October 12 and 13, 2014, is presided over by His Excellency Filipe Néri Ferrão, Archbishop of Goa and Daman, India. The theme of the pilgrimage is "Repent, for God is at hand (Mt 3,2)".
In the afternoon of October 3rd, Friday, Fatima´s Shrine will be partner of Worldwide Children and Youth Holy Hour, "Children of the Eucharist", promoted by the International World Apostolate of Fatima. The event will be broadcasted (deferred) from Fatima to over 140 countries around the world via the American Catholic television station EWTN. Prayer for the Pope, for the families and for the world gathers the main intentions of this action.
His Excellency Antonio Francisco dos Santos, bishop of the Diocese of Oporto, presides in Fatima at the international pilgrimage on the 12th and 13th August. "Have mercy upon me, for I have sinned" (Ps 51) is the theme and subject of this pilgrimage, which usually is characterized by the presence of a large number of pilgrims that integrate the Pilgrimage of Migrants and Refugees to the Shrine of Fatima. Such a journey is an organization of the Portuguese Catholic Migration Work (OCPM), in the context of the 42 National Migration Week (August 10 through 17, 2014).
Installed and initiated in the Sanctuary of Fatima, in late November 2013, and open to the public until October 31, 2014, the exhibition Secret and Revelation, which displays for the first time the manuscript of the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima, got a new expression since the 13th July, and it is now possible to visit it online.
Registrations are open for the participation in the theologico-pastoral symposium "Involved in God´s love for the world." Experience of God and human responsibility, to be held on May 30/June 1 this year, in the Salão do Bom Pastor [Good Shepherd’s Hall], in Paul VI Pastoral Center, at the Shrine of Fatima.
On May 30, at the opening session of the Theologico-pastoral Symposium held until June 1 at the Fatima Shrine, and attended by 340 people, was presented the latest cultural project of the institution: the periodical publication "Fatima XXI - Revista Cultural do Santuário de Fatima", already made known to journalists at the press conference held on May 12.
Amongst the many activities and proposals to give body to this seven year itinerary, which is already a celebration, is the visit of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady to all the Dioceses of Portugal and, before that, the visit of the same Statue to all the Convents and Monasteries of Contemplative Life also in Portugal. Each Female and Male Convent and Monastery, in a total of thirty-seven, will receive the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady and keep it for a week.
The Sanctuary of Fatima rejoices and gives thanks to God for the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II, next Sunday, the 27th April, at the Vatican. The act of proclaiming the holiness of these two Popes makes them more prominent to the eyes of today’s world, as examples and testimonies of the meaning of being a Christian.