17 May 2017
Living Catholic May e-news
Peace rally to mark Fatima centenary
Following on from Pope Francis’ historic visit to Portugal to celebrate the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the children of Fatima,
Thousands of Catholics will gather this Sunday for a peace rally in the South Parklands to mark the occasion.
The rally is being held as part of the annual Marian Procession to highlight the importance of Mary’s message of peace when she appeared to three young children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.
“When she appeared in 1917 the Great War was happening and the people of Portugal were involved in fighting in France,” Archbishop Wilson said.
“Mary asked specifically that people pray the Rosary and pray for peace.
“That need is just as great today in a world that is torn apart by violence in so many ways and in so many places.
“As we celebrate this centenary, it is almost like the whole world is at war.
“Our dedication to Mary, expressed in the Rosary, is an important part of the way we can be involved as peacemakers.”
To mark the historic events that took place in Fatima, during the procession there will be a crowning of the statue of Mary which resides in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. The copper crown was provided by St Patrick’s Technical College.
(The Procession commences at 2pm and you are asked to assemble behind your parish or community by 1:30pm at the starting point adjacent to Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue. The event is expected to end shortly before 4pm.)