Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis will lead the evening recitation of Rosary and celebrate Mass on the anniversary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima when he visits Portugal from 12th to 13th May.
The pope will make the two-day pilgrimage to the site where Mary appeared to three shepherd children on 13th May 1917. The apparitions continued once a month until 13th October 1917, and later were declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church.
During his visit, the pope also will meet with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and have lunch with the bishops of Portugal.
Pope Francis will be the fourth pontiff to visit the Marian shrine, following in the footsteps of Blessed Paul VI, St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, who each made visits on a 13th May to mark the anniversary of the first apparition.
Picture: A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried through a crowd in 2016 at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis will visit Portugal from 12th to 13th May. (CNS photo/Paulo Chunho, EPA).