About a thousand pilgrims of the Apostleship of Prayer of Toledo - more than 500 young people, fifty priests and over a hundred families, mostly young - are in the Shrine of Fatima since yesterday, in the context of its 25th Pilgrimage.
The message of Fatima is "after the Scriptures" the "strongest and more impressive complaint of sin in the world” which call the whole Church and the whole world for a serious examination of conscience," said this afternoon the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima at the Lectio Magistralis he gave for the academic session which took place in the Auditorium Cardeal Medeiros, in the context of the celebrations of the National Day of the Catholic University of Portugal, this year entitled "Cultivate the Ecology of Knowledge."
The Bishop of Leiria Fatima said this afternoon at the opening of the XXXVIII Annual Meeting of Hotel Managers, promoted by the Shrine, that "Fatima belongs to everyone" and the pilgrims who arrive have to be welcomed properly.
This Wednesday, the Rector of the Shrine of Fatima said, in a press conference, that the celebration of the Centennial of the Apparitions "has to go through new languages" to reach those who don’t feel "in tune" with Fatima.
As part of the centenary celebrations of the Apparitions, the Shrine of Fatima invites photography enthusiasts and amateurs to participate in the Photography Prize "Centenary of the Fatima Apparitions". The initiative, aimed at Portuguese and foreign photographers, takes into account the close relationship of photography with Fatima, yesterday as today, and the importance of this art to contemporary culture.
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).