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Cardinal Tagle to mark 100th anniversary of Fatima apparitions

Cardinal Tagle to mark 100th anniversary of Fatima apparitions

Devotees surround the pilgrim image of the Our Lady of Fatima at the Manila Cathedral, October 7, 2016.

MANILA–Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will lead Manila’s Catholic faithful in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima in Portugal on May 13.

The cardinal will preside over a 6pm Mass at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, which is also celebrating its Silver Jubilee, in Pasay City.

During the liturgical celebration, the cardinal will bless and distribute 200 images of Our Lady of Fatima to different barangays and communities within the parish.

Prior to the Mass, a grand Vicariate Procession of all the images of patron saints of parishes in Pasay will be held at 2pm.

Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas will also take part in the celebration by promoting a community rosary campaign.

In the initiative, a statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be passed on and venerated from house to house and from one family to another until October 13, 2017.

At the end of the Block Rosary, a grotto will be set up at the center of each barangay where the images will be enthroned.

Radio Veritas hopes that the campaign would “build and strengthen the baranggay community’s faith which is the building blocks of a parish community.”

The apparitions were witnessed by three children who reported that they saw visions of Mary beginning on May 13, 1917 and then again on the 13th day of five subsequent months.

In the Philippines, where its various dioceses are expected to mark the centenary of the apparitions, the Our Lady of Fatima is also known as the Queen of Peace.

In Dagupan City a 5:39am Mass will be presided by Archbishop Socrates Villegas at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral and will be followed with a procession.

In Portugal the celebration will be highlighted with the canonization by Pope Francis of the two of the three Fatima visionaries, brother and sister Francesco and Jacinta Marto. Niceforo Vince A. Balbedina III, CSJL intern/CBCPNews