Father Carlos Cabecinhas, Rector of the Shrine of Fatima, presented the program of the Centennial of the Apparitions on the occasion of the IV International Workshop on Religious Tourism that takes place this morning in the Pastoral Centre Paul VI.
Babies at 4 months of age can now participate in the Musical Creative Workshops (Oficinas Musicais Criativas – OMC), an initiative promoted and organized by the Shrine of Fatima. It is the IV edition of an artistic project, experienced from the faith, in which babies and toddlers can participate.
The 1500 children, coming from different diocese such as Lisbon, Leiria-Fatima and Portalegre-Castelo Branco, participated in a celebration called “Meeting with the Shepherds” which occurred in the Basilica of Most Holy Trinity, in Fatima.
This conference will be held on the 14th, at 16h00, in the Retreat House of Our Lady of Sorrows, and integrates the cycle of conferences proposed by the Shrine of Fatima for this thematic year “I have come that they may have life”.
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.