Monday, September 2, 2013


Pope Francis has arranged to transport the idol statue of "Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima" in Portugal to the Vatican prior to October 13, 2013, when he is planning on consecrating the world to the "Immaculate Heart of Mary". The "Marian Day" ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at the Vatican will be attended by hundreds of religious movements and institutions that have a special Marian devotion. 
See Wikipedia article:


Our Lady appeared to Lucia dos Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto on May 13, 1917 at Fatima, Portugal.  She asked the seers to return to the same place on the same day the following month.  On June 13, 1917 she returned and as the preceding month the seers once again saw a great brilliance, which they called lightning, but which was really the glare of the approaching light.  Some of the approximately fifty spectators who had come to the place noticed that the light of the sun became dimmer during the first few minutes of the conversation.
Others said that the top of the budding holm oak bent down, as if under the weight of something, a moment before Lucia spoke. During Our Lady's conversation with the seers, some of the bystanders heard a whispering, like the humming of a bee.
Lucia: What does Your Grace wish of me?
Our Lady: I want you to come here on the thirteenth of next month, to pray the Rosary every day, and to learn to read. I shall later say what I want.
(Lucia asked for the cure of a sick person.)
Our Lady: If he converts, he will be cured within the year.
Lucia: I would like to ask you to take us to heaven.
Our Lady: Yes, I shall take Jacinta and Francisco soon, but you will remain here for some time yet. Jesus wishes to use you in order to make me known and loved. He wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. I promise salvation to those who embrace it; and these souls will be beloved of God like flowers arranged by me to adorn His throne.
Lucia: Will I stay here alone?
Our Lady: No, daughter. Does that make you suffer much? Do not be dismayed. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart shall be your refuge and the road that shall lead you to God.
"Upon saying these last words, she opened her hands, and for the second time she communicated to us the reflection of that intense light. We could see ourselves in it, as if immersed in God. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in the part of this light that went up toward heaven, and I in the part that was cast toward the ground. In front of Our Lady's right hand there was a heart encircled by thorns that seemed to pierce it. We understood that it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, insulted by the sins of humanity and which desires reparation."
When this vision ceased, the Lady, still surrounded by the light that she radiated, rose from the little tree and glided toward the east until she disappeared completely. Several persons who were closer noticed that the buds at the top of the holm oak were bent in the same direction, as if they had been drawn by the Lady's clothes. They returned to their usual position only some hours later.
See this YouTube video recounting the story:
POPE FRANCIS KISSES THE "BLACK MARY" IN BRAZIL, and prayed silently in front of the 15 inch statue of Our Lady of Aparecida. 

"Pope Francis continues to show his beautiful love for Our Lady.
During his trip this week to Brazil for World Youth Day 2013 he visited the Shrine of Aparecida.  It is one of the largest shrines in the world dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He told those present that he had come to place the people of Latin America under the intercessory protection of Our Lady. Pope Francis went on to say that "it is from Mary that the Church learns true discipleship." (instead of Jesus) 
This is not the first time Pope Francis has turned to Our Lady and sought her protection and guidance. The Holy Father recalled during the visit that he consecrated his pontificate to Our Lady at the Basilica of Mary Major in Rome. 
Pope Francis prayed silently in front of the 15 inch statue of Our Lady of Aparecia, the "Black Mary." His eyes began to tear up and he was visibly moved as he prayed before Our Lady.  He later was given a replica of the statue and carried it in his arms.  He made a promise to those present that he would again return to this Shrine in 2017 to honor the 300 year anniversary of the finding of the statue of Our Lady of Aparecia in a nearby river. "