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Pope Francis praying in front of Our Lady of Fatima statue

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Pope Francis to Visit Fatima on Apparition Anniversary

May Visit Will Mark Centenary of Virgin Mary’s 6 Visits With Shepherd Children

It’s official: Pope Francis will go on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima for the centenary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Cova da Iria in Portugal.

This Saturday, the Holy See Press Office announced that the Pope accepted the invitation of the President of the Republic of Portugal and the nation’s bishops to visit and will visit on May 12-13.

Our Lady’s first apparition to the children in Fatima occurred on Sunday, May 13th, 1917. She went on to appear for the next six months on the 13th of each month, except in August, when on the 13th, authorities had prevented the children from going to their meeting place.

 

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