Homage to the Virgin of Fatima
For the first time after the restrictions imposed by the pandemic were put into place, May 13 was celebrated in person by the faithful, in ceremonies held in several Brazilian cities including Caieiras (SP), Campo Grande, Campos dos Goytacazes (RJ), Cariacica (ES), Joinville (SC), Maringá (PR), Nova Friburgo (RJ), Piraquara (PR), Ponta Grossa (PR) and São José dos Pinhais (PR).
In Spain, there was a solemn Mass in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Almudena, in Madrid, presided over by Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra, the Metropolitan Archbishop. Another Eucharistic Celebration was held in Paiporta, in the Province of Valencia.
The Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala, Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, presided over Holy Mass in the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in the capital. In Nicaragua, the celebrations were held in San Pedro de Lovago and in Juigalpa, where the head of the diocese, Bishop Marcial Humberto Guzmán Saballo, celebrated in the cathedral.
In Colombia, there were well-attended ceremonies in the country’s main cathedral, in Bogotá, as well as in the cities of Medellin, Tocancipá and Yopal, where more than three thousand five hundred faithful participated in the consecration of families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary carried out by the Diocesan Bishop Edgar Aristizabal Quintero.
In Paraguay, the celebrations took place at the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, in Ypacaraí, presided over by Bishop Ricardo Jorge Valenzuela Ríos, head of the Caacupé diocese.
In Mozambique, the Heralds participated in the national pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Namaacha, enlivening it with their music and carrying the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The event, which brought together about eight thousand people, was attended by Bishop Franciso Chimoio, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Maputo.
Ceremonies were also held in honour of the Virgin of Fatima in the capital cities of Uruguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, as well as in Montreal, Canada; in Johannesburg, South Africa; and in four cities of Ecuador: Quito, Cuenca, Guayaquil and Azogues. ◊