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An Appointment With Our Mother

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An Appointment With Our Mother

In a video
message transmitted on Wednesday afternoon, 10 May, just days before his
journey to Fatima for the celebrations of the centenary of the Marian Apparitions,
Pope Francis made an appointment with the people of Portugal, “€œat the feet of
Our Lady of Fatima”€. In the video, he apologizes for not being able to accept
the myriad invitations he has received to visit their “€œhomes and communities”€,
their ” towns and cities” . He also expresses his gratitude ” for the
understanding with which the various Authorities accepted my decision to
restrict my Visit to the usual events associated with a pilgrimage to the
Shrine of Fatima” .

explains that ” it is as the universal pastor” that he would like to offer Our
Lady ” a bouquet of the most beautiful ” blossoms”  that Jesus has entrusted”  to
his care, namely, all brothers and sisters from every part of the world, ” none
excluded” . For this reason he asks all the people of Portugal for their
” closeness, whether physical or spiritual; the important thing is that it come
from the heart” , so as to help him
arrange his ” bouquet of flowers”, his ” golden rose” for Our Lady.

The Pope
quotes the motto of the pilgrimage: “With Mary, a pilgrim in hope and in
peace” , which “contains an entire programme of conversion” . And says he is
” happy to know that in anticipation of that blessed moment, the culmination of
a century of blessed moments” , the Portuguese have been preparing with ” intense
prayer” . He then goes on to thank them all for the daily sacrifices they offer
on his behalf, because, he says, ” I am a sinner among sinners” . Indeed, the
Pontiff states, ” prayer gives light to my eyes and enables me to see others as
God sees them, and to love others as he loves them” . The video concludes with
the Pope” s promise to come among the people in Portugal and to share ” with everyone the Gospel of
hope and peace” .


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