Pope to Get Invitation to Fatima, Says Report

FATIMA, Portugal, OCT. 12, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima intends to invite Benedict XVI to visit the Fatima shrine in 2007, a report says.

The official invitation will be extended this month or next, according to the review Fatima Missionaria.

It said that the Pope’s visit would likely take place in October 2007, for the closing of the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions to the little shepherds.

The bishop of Leiria-Fatima said he expects a positive reply from Benedict XVI, reported Fatima Missionaria.

Should the Pope be able to accept the invitation, he might preside at the inauguration of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity on Oct. 13, 2007.

Also in 2007, the centenary will be commemorated of the birth of Sister Lucia, the visionary who died in 2005 and who is buried in the shrine’s basilica.