The so called “United Nations Statue of Our Lady of Fatima” under custody of the World Apostolate of Fatima, is visiting, on May 12, 2017 the United Nations headquarters, in New York, as part of an event to mark the Centennial of Our Lady’ Apparitions. This is the second time this particular statue goes to the United Nations. The first time was on December 8, 1952
The event is titled “The Centenary of Fatima and the Enduring Relevance of Its Message of Peace” and is sponsored by the Portuguese delegation at the UN and the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations. Speakers will include Ambassador Alvaro Mendonca e Moura, permanent representative of Portugal to the UN, and Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and permanent observer of the Holy See to the UN.
The significance of the statue travelling to the UN is to promote a message of peacemaking and peace building in light of Our Lady of Fatima and her messages to the children in 1917.
On May 13, there will be a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima.