“Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on October 13. The consecration will take place as part of a Marian day celebration that will focus on the statue Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, wrote in a letter to Bishop Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima: ‘The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.’
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is scheduled to travel to Rome on October 12.”
– This article by Madeleine Tehan was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue August 23 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link)