CATHEDRAL VISITATION OF NATIONAL PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE OF OUR
LADY OF FATIMA
can listen here to highlights of the Symposium
which followed the Westminster Cathedral event:
can listen here to a CTS audio
interview on Fatima with WAF England and Wales members,
and Nuno Prazeres and Jorge Leitão, which
took place in their offices on Friday 17th February, 2017.
You can see more details
about the Westminster Visitation
And a 12 minute video of this event, here: http://bit.ly/2na6X2f
and some photos
here: http://bit.ly/2mF1HG3 and here: http://bit.ly/2niF3R9
This is the report of this event on
the Middlesbrough Diocese website:
Saturday 18th February, 2017 Cardinal Nichols received,
blessed and crowned the WAF National Pilgrim Virgin statue in
We are deeply grateful to Cardinal Nichols and the Cathedral
authorities for facilitating this event, and thereby inaugurating
the nationwide program of 18 cathedral Visitations that have been
arranged from May to October. The venues and dates can be seen via
link... Please also sign up for our Newsletter here,
so we can inform you as the program for each cathedral is
the celebration Cardinal Nichols renewed the consecration of our
country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that was made by
Cardinal Griffin on 16th July 1948. The wonderful consequences of
consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary were clearly
demonstrated in Portugal in the 1930s, in Poland after it was
carried out on 8 Sept 1948, and for Russia, when it was delivered
from Marxist atheism by Pope St John Paul II’s consecration of
25th March 1984.
When Pope Francis renewed the consecration to the Immaculate Heart
of Mary at Rome on 13th October 2013, the Marian Day in the Year
of Faith, in the presence of Our Lady’s statue from Fatima,
Cardinal Nichols made the following comment:
“Devotion to Mary is not an optional ‘add-on’ to Catholic belief,
but an expression of what is at the heart of our faith. To draw
close to Mary is to draw close to Jesus. As the earliest Christian
witnesses often taught, Mary was open to receiving Jesus in her
mind and in her heart before she gave birth to him in her flesh.
For this reason she is the first of all the disciples of the Lord
as she is the most faithful of all the Lord’s followers. In her
maternal love of us she continues to assist us in our following of
Him; a consecration to her Immaculate Heart gives expression to
this in a simple way”.
After Mass people venerated the relics of Blessed Jacinta and
Francisco and participated in devotions to Our Lady. This
was followed, at 4:00 pm, by a Fatima Symposium in Westminster
Cathedral Hall. You can see the revised Symposium Programme
The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue and Relics were present in the
Cathedral until 2:00 pm on Sunday 19 February.
By a singular favour of Our Lady, and
so that she may be worthily honoured in her Centenary year, a
special new silvergilt Centenary Crown has been made for her
statue, by the same firm in Portugal that made the
richly-bejewelled crown that is only worn at Fatima on 13th of the
month. This crown will be brought from Portugal and presented to
Cardinal Nichols for the coronation in Westminster Cathedral. It
is being freely offered to Our Lady in return for whatever
offerings the faithful wish to make to Our Lady in items of gold
and silver, including jewellery containing some elements of gold
or silver. This is how the original crown was made.
Please let your
friends know about this so they can join in this offering.
Everyone who makes a donation for the Centenary Crown will
receive a receipt for the items they offer. Of course the most important offering we
can make to Our Lady is that of our own heart, praying that we
may be worthy to receive from her the graces of her Son.
More information about this can be seen
The Westminster Cathedral Visitation was a truly joyful occasion,
when our hearts will be lifted up to celebrate she who is our holy
Queen, the “Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our
hope”; and it was also an occasion to pour out our heartfelt
prayers for our Church, our bishops and priests, our loved ones,
families and friends, through the intercession of her Immaculate
Heart and also of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, the two youngest
seers, whose fidelity and commitment in complying with her
requests raised them up to become the first children in the
history of the Church to attain heroic virtue in the course of
their family life.
God bless you and thank you for
helping to make this event a truly worthy celebration in honour
of Our Lady.