Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle formally blessed and distributed 200 images of Our Lady of Fatima in a Holy Mass on May 13 at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Sgt. Mariano, Pasay City. Rosaries were also distributed in villages around the parish church.
Meanwhile, Radio Veritas (RV) is promoting the Community Rosary Campaign in which the Fatima image will be passed on and venerated from house to house and from one family to another. This aims to build and strengthen the barangay community’s faith, which is the building block of a parish.
The devotion is also being promoted to foster peace amid drug killings and violence. In the Philippines, the image of Our Lady of Fatima is called the Queen of Peace.
“As we start to celebrate the Centennial Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, may her images be an inspiration to everyone to live a holy life, and may our prayers for God’s forgiveness and compassion be heard through her intercession,” RV president Fr. Anton Pascual said.
Fatima, Lourdes pilgrimage
A European pilgrimage will tour historic, religious and cultural sites in Spain, France and Portugal.
In Barcelona, Spain, the pilgrimage will visit La Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi; Park Güell, now a Unesco World Heritage Site; Montserrat, a famous Benedictine monastery.
Also in Spain, the pilgrimage Basilica of the Virgin of the Pillar in Zaragoza; Our Lady of Torreciudad, which was built under the guidance of Opus Dei founder St. Josémaria Escriva; and Burgos, the capital of Old Castille. Of course, the pilgrimage will also visit Santiago de Compostela.
In France, the tour will go to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and in Portugal, the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Last stop is Lisbon, where St. Anthony of Padua, patron saint of Portugal, was born.
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