Benedict XVI - Portugal 2010

July 18, 2018

Fatima, Portugal, Jul 18, 2018 / 03:00 am (CNA) .- While men in the trenches of World War I faced chemical gasses and industrialized weaponry that wrought unprecedented human carnage, an Angel of Peace appeared with a message.

December 27, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, Dec 27, 2017 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Officials with the beatification cause of Sister Lucia dos Santos have collected thousands of pages of materials testifying to the holiness of the nun, one of the three children who were witnesses to the famous Marian apparitions at Fatima.

October 12, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, Oct 12, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- On “the day the sun danced,” thousands of people bore witness to a miracle that not only proved the validity of the Fatima Marian apparitions, but also shattered the prevalent belief at the time that God was no longer relevant, according to one theologian.

October 11, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, Oct 11, 2017 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The third secret of Fatima deals with past events, but at the same time its call to conversion is always current, always up to date, said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State emeritus.  

October 10, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, Oct 10, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- This is part two of a two-part series. Part one covered the historical context, contents of the apparitions, and Miracle of the Sun.   The secrets of Fatima

October 9, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, Oct 9, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- It’s the most popular and well-known Marian apparition in the recent history of the Church.

October 7, 2017

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2017 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Although the Fatima apparitions occurred 100 years ago, the Vatican’s resident Fatima expert has said they contain a message that is both relevant and needed in the world today.

October 6, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, Oct 6, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The niece of Fatima visionary Sr. Lucia dos Santos said her aunt was a normal person like everyone else, but shared some personal advice that her saintly relative used to give: to pray at least something every day.  

September 13, 2017

Worcester, Mass., Sep 13, 2017 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- The first time Our Lady of Fatima appeared to the shepherd children, she asked a question.

May 15, 2017
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Fatima, Portugal, May 15, 2017 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said that this weekend’s celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima can teach us all about the universal call to holiness and conversion.

May 12, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, May 12, 2017 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- At a vigil Mass with tens of thousands gathered in the Portugal town of Fatima, Cardinal Pietro Parolin delivered a homily stressing the Virgin Mary’s desire to console all humanity and to have humanity join her in prayer against evil.

Fatima, Portugal, May 12, 2017 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- During his first day in Fatima, Pope Francis led pilgrims in prayer, asking that the Immaculate Heart of Mary would watch over the joys and sorrows of all mankind as they make their earthly pilgrimage.

Rome, Italy, May 12, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- While a lot has changed since Mary’s appearances at Fatima 100 years ago, we can’t stop heeding Our Lady’s request to pray and offer sacrifices for the world, an expert on Marian theology has said.

May 11, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, May 11, 2017 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- While Fatima is famous for the mystifying candlelight procession and vigil that take place annually the night between May 12 and 13, there is an essential element that can easily be overlooked, but which bears special significance: silence.

May 10, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, May 10, 2017 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Fatima visionary Lucia dos Santos was saintly woman – not because she saw visions of Mary, but because of her raw humanity, simplicity, and even her sense of humor, says the cardinal who opened her cause for canonization.

May 6, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, May 6, 2017 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Over the past 10 years the Fatima shrine has seen an uptick in the number of pilgrims who visit from all over the world, particularly from Asia.

May 3, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, May 3, 2017 / 03:10 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- After a whirlwind trip to Egypt last week, Pope Francis in just 10 days will head to Portugal for the centenary celebration of the Marian apparitions of Fatima, where anticipation is building for the visit of the “bishop in white.”

May 1, 2017

New York City, N.Y., May 1, 2017 / 06:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- One day before the May 13 celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, a statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting the United Nations.

April 11, 2017

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2017 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Pope Francis will hold an ordinary public consistory on April 20, where the cardinals of the Church are expected to pave the way for the canonization of the Fatima visionaries.

April 6, 2017

Vatican City, Apr 6, 2017 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Vatican office which governs the use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite has given priests permission to say a special Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Fatima this year, noting the importance of the apparition's centenary.  

March 29, 2017

San Francisco, Calif., Mar 29, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- In the centennial year of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco will consecrate his archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  

March 28, 2017

Fatima, Portugal, Mar 28, 2017 / 01:50 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Fatima's bishop has said the centenary of the locale's Marian apparition would not be complete without the announcement of the canonization of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the children who witnessed the apparition.

March 20, 2017

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2017 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- On Monday, the Vatican released the official program for Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Portugal in May, where he’ll celebrate the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions and make a brief stop at an air base to meet the country’s president.

December 31, 2016

Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 31, 2016 / 02:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted that the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over marriage and the family.  

December 1, 2016

Fatima, Portugal, Dec 1, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017.

October 12, 2016

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2016 / 09:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, is traveling to Fatima, Portugal ahead of Pope Francis’ own visit, which will take place next year for the 100-year anniversary of Mary’s appearance there.  

April 30, 2015

Fatima, Portugal, Apr 30, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- In 2017, Pope Francis plans to travel to Fatima, said Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fátima in a statement after meeting with the Holy Father.

July 2, 2014

Portland, Ore., Jul 2, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Faithful from in and around Portland, Ore. filled St. Mary’s Cathedral to overflowing on June 28 for Archbishop Alexander Sample's Mass consecrating the archdiocese to Our Lady of Fatima.

April 10, 2014

, 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 () .- 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.