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100th Fatima Anniversary Special Indulgence

         Our Lady of Fatima www.thecalltofatima.com100th Fatima Anniversary Special Indulgence

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.

 There are three ways of obtaining the indulgence. To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfil the ordinary conditions : go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

  1. Make a pilgrimage to the shrine

The first way is for “the faithful to make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration or prayer dedicated to the Virgin.” In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed, and invoke the Mother of God.

  1. Pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima

The second way applies to “the pious faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary.”

Regarding this second way, the rector of the Fatima Shrine stated that the visit to the statue of the Virgin, “does not necessarily have to be only at Fatima or exclusively in Portugal,” but can be done anywhere in the world.

Those seeking an indulgence must also pray an Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima pray for us.

  1. The elderly and infirm

The third way to obtain a plenary indulgence applies to people who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around.

These individuals can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017.

They also must “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”

Dates for the calendar for the Fatima indulgence

13th of May 2017

13th June 2017

13th July 2017

13th August 2017

13th September 2017  

13th October 2017

 

 

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Welcome the youngest Saints in the History of the Church, Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto

Saint Francisco and Jacinta Marto

All Catholic Church rejoices in adding two Saints to its numbers: Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto, the brother and sister, canonized on 13th May 2017 by Pope Francis during His Papal pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal.  Saint Francisco  (10) and Saint Jacinta (9) are the youngest non-martyr saints in the History of the Church!

Thanks to the intercession of Francisco and Jacinta, miracle happened,that helped to canonize the Saints:five year old Brazilian boy fell out of a window and damaged his head, which lead to the loss of brain tissue and very quickly coma. Boy’s condition was deteriorating rapidly. Parents began to pray to Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima. After begging for more urgent prayers in Carmelite Convent, one of the Sisters ran to the relics of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, which were next to the Tabernacle, and felt the impulse to pray the following prayer: ‘Shepherds, save this child, who is a child like you’…she also persuaded the other sisters to pray to the little shepherds to intercede for him.”

All community prayed, and the boy awoke from deep coma few days later. “The doctors, some of them non-believers, said that his recovery had no explanation.” It was a miracle needed to promote cause of Sainthood of two children of Fatima!Little boy was completely cured!Praise God!

Saint Francisco, Saint Jacinta, pray for us!

If you want to know more about the lives of the shepherds of Fatima, please watch award winning DVD “The Call to Fatima” available on https://thecalltofatima.com   or www.calltofatima.ecwid.com

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