2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three little shepherds, Lucia de Jesus, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, in Fatima. We are invited to make a festive memory of this event, but above all, we are invited to embrace with renewed commitment, the calls of the Message, assured that the Immaculate Heart of Mary will always be our “refuge and the path leading to God”.
To celebrate one hundred years of Fatima is to recognize that God is present in our history. That in Fatima and from Fatima, He offers us, through the Blessed Virgin Mary, a new hope and a new path to heal the wounds of the world, through prayer, conversion, penance and reparation. The Centenary is also an opportunity for celebrating the legate of sanctity that the three little shepherds left us, particularly that of Francisco and Jacinta, canonized on May 13th, by Pope Francis, in Fátima.
At the same time, in celebrating the Centenary of Fatima, we also express our gratitude to those heralds of the message of Fatima who, with love and sacrifice, have taken it to the four corners of the world during the past years. Among these, we count the founders of the World Apostolate of Fatima that initiated this work 70 years ago.
Wishing you a fruitful Fatima Jubilee with God’s abundant graces!