Watertown, MA - On May 13th, CatholicTV will air the feast day Mass from the International Shrine in Fátima with Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, presiding. The motto of the International Anniversary Pilgrimage of May 2011 is “Blessed are you because you believed!” Cardinal Seán says he always had a particular devotion to Our Lady of Fátima.
The Mass will air at noon (Eastern) and 8 PM at CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV cable outlets.
The feast day honors the Marian apparitions which took place in Portugal beginning on May 13, 1917. Three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, were pasturing their flock in the Cova da Iria, parish of Fatima, town of Vila Nova de Ourém, today the diocese of Leiria-Fatima when they saw "a Lady more brilliant than the sun", from whose hands hung a white rosary. Since that time pilgrims have not ceased to come to the Cova da Iria from all parts of the world to share in the Fatima message of peace through prayer.
Once again hundreds of thousands are expected to make a pilgrimage to the shrine to honor the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. In an interview with O Jornal, Cardinal Seán said “It’s very inspiring to see the love and enthusiasm of the pilgrims gathered in Fátima from all over the world; it’s always a great affirmation of one’s own faith to be there for this kind of celebration.” Cardinal Seán concelebrated the Mass in May 2010 at which Pope Benedict XVI presided.
The celebration begins with an International Rosary from the Little Chapel, followed by a liturgical procession and the Mass begins at the main altar of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity. The Bishops Conference of Portugal (CEP) recently announced that there will a national celebration on May 13 at the Shrine of Fatima, in order to mark the beatification of John Paul II, which took place on May 1, in St. Peter’s Square (Rome). Blessed John Paul II, made pilgrimages to Fatima in 1982, 1991 and 2000, as “an example of holiness”.
Fr. Manuel Morujão, CEP’s spokesman, declared that the May 13 pilgrimage is the ideal occasion to celebrate the event: “It is a great motive for the celebration of the beatification of our Pope”.
In honor of the feast day CatholicTV will air the following Fatima programs:
- The Day the Sun Danced
- Our Lady of Fatima from Family Theater Productions
- Catholic Destinations Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, NY
- Fatima for Today Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R
- Rosary & Mass with Cardinal Seán from the Fatima Shrine
After the broadcast, the Mass will be added to the CatholicTV.com archives, where it will be viewable (free of charge) anytime at http://www.CatholicTV.com/catholic-television
To learn more about the Shrine and Our Lady of Fatima please visit: www.santuario-fatima.pt
About Cardinal Seán O'Malley: Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., was born June 29, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio, and was raised in Western Pennsylvania, where he entered a Franciscan seminary. At 21, he was professed into the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and at 26 he was ordained a Catholic priest. After earning a master’s degree in religious education and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese literature from the Catholic University of America, he taught at Catholic University and founded Centro Católico Hispano (Hispanic Catholic Center) in Washington, DC, an organization which provided educational, medical and legal help to immigrants.
Since his ordination to the episcopacy on August 2, 1984, he has served as the Bishop of the dioceses of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands; Fall River, Massachusetts; and Palm Beach, Florida. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Boston in July 2003. Pope Benedict XVI named him a Cardinal in 2006.
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