No. 919 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 13 March 2017
- DIOCESE OF MARBEL WELCOMES STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA
Thousands gathered to welcome the arrival of the Statue of Our Ladyof Fatima on 10 March 2017, City of Koronadal.
PRAYERS – Masses and recitation of the rosary, floral offering and talk on Our Lady of Fatima plus vigil were the main activities.
Subsequent schedules: 11 – Our Lady of Lourdes, Polomolok; 12 – Our Lady of Fatima, General Santos City; 13 – Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, General Santos City.
Our Lady of Fatima’s statue (made in Fatima, Portugal) arrived from Kidapawan Diocese and it will depart on the 13th March for the Archdiocese of Cotabato.
Our Lady’s message, among others: prayer (specially the rosary), conversion and works of penance and mercy. In Ilonggo-Cebuano: “AMPO, BAG-O, ALAGAD” (ABA).
Our Lady of the Rosary appeared at Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal on 17 May 1917 to the three children – shepherds.
They are Lucia Santos and first cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
On 13 May 1917 they saw a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light, clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun. The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her hand. She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray the rosary everyday to bring peace to the world and end to the war” (Wikipedia).
Between 13 May and 13 October (miracle of the “dancing” sun) there were six apparitions.
Francisco and Jacinta died in the international flu that began in 1918 and swept Europe. Francisco died at home on 4 April 1919 at 10 years of age; Jacinta in a hospital on 20 February 1920 at age 9; Pope John Paul II beatified them on 13 May 2000. Sr. Lucia, a discalzed Carmelite, died on 13 February 2005, age 97.
Sr. Lucia wrote in 1990 Fr. Robert J. Fox that the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1984 by Pope John Paul II in union with the bishops of the world had been completed.