Rome Newsroom, May 13, 2022 / 11:36 am
On the 105th anniversary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima on Friday, pilgrims prayed for peace in Ukraine.
Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, the Substitute (Sostituto) of the Vatican Secretariat of State, offered Mass at the Marian shrine in Portugal on May 13 in the presence of two cardinals, 28 bishops, 318 priests, and thousands of pilgrims.
During the Mass, pilgrims prayed “for peace in the world, especially for the victims of the conflict in Ukraine, so that the Lord will open the hearts of political decision-makers and lead them to the discernment that only in peace is it possible for us all to be brothers.”
It was the first large gathering for the May 13 anniversary since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as since Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.