An unidentified male stole a bag outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on East 116th Street in Manhattan on Oct. 13. Inside was a second-class relic, a piece of stone from the Shrine of St. Michael on Mount Gargano in Italy.
Awards to students and schools that assist the missions was the highlight of the annual Mission Sunday Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
Having just returned from our diocesan pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes, I would like to recall some insights from our journey. The occasion for the pilgrimage was the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima, but we also traveled over Spain to the Pyrenees Mountains to visit Lourdes, the sight of our 2008 diocesan pilgrimage for the 150th anniversary of those apparitions of Our Lady.
Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.
Nearly half a million people attended the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions of Fatima in Portugal, but it was thousands of miles away across the Atlantic Ocean where the Portuguese community from Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Queens Village, faithfully gathered to offer the same devotion during a bilingual Mass and rosary procession May 13.
The centennial of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal was celebrated at Visitation Monastery, Bay Ridge, with a Mass of thanksgiving.
Our Lady of Fatima parish, East Elmhurst, hosted two bishops and several hundred parishioners and visitors during celebrations marking the centennial of the Blessed Mother’s appearance to three shepherd children in Fatima.
Recent popes have had a special affection for Our Lady of Fatima, but no pope’s connection can match that of St. John Paul II.
While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary’s messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, special observances are being held all over Brooklyn and Queens.