Benedict XVI - Portugal 2010

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April 10, 2014

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Apr 10, 2014 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Locals and swarms of pilgrims from various parts of the world gathered in Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome recently to show their Marian devotion and join in communal prayer.

May 14, 2013

Lisbon, Portugal, May 14, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- At the Holy Father’s personal request, Cardinal Jose Polycarp, the Patriarch of Lisbon, consecrated the pontificate of Pope Francis to Our Lady of Fatima on her feast day.

May 13, 2011

Lima, Peru, May 13, 2011 / 06:26 pm (CNA) .- The Archdiocese of Lima announced that 5,000 children will make an act of consecration to Our Lady of Fatima on  May 13.

May 26, 2010

Lisbon, Portugal, May 26, 2010 / 09:50 pm (CNA) .- The rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Father Virgilio Antunes, said this week that there is nothing left to reveal about the Fatima secret. He explained that its prophetic message “needs to be seen in an open way” and not in close relation to one particular “historical event or another.”

May 17, 2010

Fatima, Portugal, May 17, 2010 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Yesterday the rector of the Shrine of Fatima shared his personal impressions and those of the people of Portugal with Vatican Radio following the Pope’s Apostolic Visit. Contrary to the thought that the Pope might not be able to touch the hearts of the faithful, said the priest, he was “so human that he seemed like someone from our family.”

May 14, 2010

Porto, Portugal, May 14, 2010 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father spent the final day of his Apostolic Visit to Portugal in the nation’s “second city” of Porto where the main event of the day was Mass in the main square. Upon his departure from the city this afternoon he thanked the country for its hospitality and said he hopes to see a renewal of the Church.

Porto, Portugal, May 14, 2010 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Celebrating Mass in Porto, where he had arrived from Fatima early this morning, Pope Benedict called the faithful to witness the Resurrection and be missionaries of Christ. He urged Catholics not to let anything prevent them from spreading the Gospel, because if the Church rests on its laurels “it would be sure death in terms of the Church’s presence in the world.”

Fatima, Portugal, May 14, 2010 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Fr. Federico Lombardi, the spokesman for the Vatican, said it was not a surprise that hundreds of thousands of people were in Fatima for Pope Benedict's Mass at Fatima yesterday. He recognized a "vitality" in the response and commented on the Holy Father's observation that the prophetic mission of Fatima is not complete.

May 13, 2010

Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2010 / 10:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- During the Pope's visit to Portugal, Bishop Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima presented him with the first official Rosary of Our Lady of Fatima.  The Holy Father thanked him for the gift and led the thousands gathered at the Shrine of Fatima in the recitation of the Rosary.

Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2010 / 05:02 pm (CNA) .- Meeting with the bishops of Portugal late Thursday afternoon in Fatima, the Holy Father called them to rediscover their role as fathers. In this way, he said, they will be better able to provide a powerful witness to the world, guide evangelization, and lead priests and the laity.

Lisbon, Portugal, May 13, 2010 / 02:04 pm (CNA/Europa Press) .- On Wednesday Pope Benedict set aside protocol and ignored security measures in order to greet a group of children gathered at the entrance of the Bethlehem Palace in Lisbon, where the Holy Father had met with artists and cultural leaders.

Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2010 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- In an audience with social workers in Fatima on Thursday afternoon, the Holy Father urged them to apply the wisdom of the Church's teachings to their causes. Among those initiatives he praised for helping build a "civilization of love" were those aimed at combating abortion—legalized in 2007—and the expected approval of same-sex "marriage."

Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2010 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Following the Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima this morning, the Holy Father greeted pilgrims in seven different languages and delivered a special message of encouragement and hope to all who are ill.  In offering their suffering to Jesus, he called them to find “interior peace and even spiritual joy.”

Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2010 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- At Mass on Wednesday evening in Fatima, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone spoke about the importance of being like children, humble and simple in our approach to the faith, in order to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Fatima, he said, reminds us that this kingdom is at hand.

Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2010 / 10:16 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- At Mass this morning in the Fatima shrine's square, Pope Benedict said that it would be "mistaken" to consider the prophetic mission of the apparitions at Fatima complete. It continues to be relevant in that it continually invites men and women of good faith “to save the city of man,” he told the 500,000 people gathered for the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

May 12, 2010

Fatima, Portugal, May 12, 2010 / 06:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- We must not be afraid to share our faith, said Pope Benedict XVI from the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on Wednesday evening. The "highest priority" today is to make God present in the world lest his light be "snuffed out forever."

Fatima, Portugal, May 12, 2010 / 05:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Drawing inspiration from the Year for Priests, the Pope emphasized the importance of new vocations and fidelity to one's vocation in his homily at the celebration of Vespers in Fatima. The Church, he said, has a mission to bring men and women to Christ and "we are responsible for proclaiming the faith, the whole faith, with all its demands."

Lisbon, Portugal, May 12, 2010 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- In Portugal on Wednesday, the Holy Father highlighted the importance of the Second Vatican Council in bringing the Church into contact with the world. The foundation for Catholic renewal and a "civilization of love" were laid through it, he said.

Fatima, Portugal, May 12, 2010 / 01:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- "It is a profound consolation to know that you are crowned not only with the silver and gold of our joys and hopes, but also with the 'bullet' of our anxieties and sufferings," said the Holy Father in Fatima on Wednesday evening. In prayer before Mary in the Chapel of Apparitions at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, the Pope entrusted all people to Our Lady and gave thanks for all prayers for him.

Lisbon, Portugal, May 12, 2010 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Prior to Mass in Lisbon on Tuesday, the current champions of the Portugal's soccer league gave Pope Benedict the team's jersey with the name “Bento” and the number 16 printed on the back.

Lisbon, Portugal, May 12, 2010 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- This morning in Lisbon, Pope Benedict emphasized the importance of truth and tradition to culture while speaking to a large gathering of cultural leaders. He presented the Church as a “champion” of tradition and her “mission of truth” as a need for modern societies.

May 11, 2010

Lisbon, Portugal, May 11, 2010 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- On Tuesday evening during the papal visit to Portugal, young people from numerous parishes and ecclesial movements showed up outside the apostolic nunciature and began singing to Pope Benedict. After listening to their songs and cheers, he thanked them for “the kindness you have shown this humble Vicar on earth.”

Lisbon, Portugal, May 11, 2010 / 02:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- During his apostolic visit to Portugal, the Holy Father presided over Mass in Lisbon's Palace Square on Tuesday evening. Despite negative media attention over sexual abuse that has dogged the Catholic Church in recent weeks, the Pope assured the crowd of 160,000 people that the “resurrection of Christ assures us that no adverse power will ever be able to destroy the Church.”

Aboard the papal plane, May 11, 2010 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Speaking aboard the papal plane on the way to Portugal, Pope Benedict XVI said the message of Fatima shows that attacks on the Pope and the Church also come from sins inside the Church. These internal attacks are seen in “a really terrifying way” in sexual abuse, he remarked while calling for penance and purification.

Lisbon, Portugal, May 11, 2010 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Pope Benedict XVI departed from Rome this morning and arrived at the Portela International Airport in Lisbon, Portugal, commencing the 15th foreign visit of his pontificate. Speaking at the airport, the Holy Father announced that the goal of his visit is to share wisdom and remind Christians of their mission.

May 5, 2010

Vatican City, May 5, 2010 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- "Fatima is a particularly significant place for this Pope," said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi on Tuesday, noting that it was also a destination for two former Popes. The Holy Father has a thorough knowledge of the history of the Marian sanctuary, he added.

October 1, 2009

San Francisco, Calif., Oct 1, 2009 / 06:39 am (CNA) .- A new film about the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, based on the memoirs of visionary Sister Lucia and the accounts of thousands of eyewitnesses, will be holding pre-release screenings in at least seven major U.S. cities.