May 13 and the Virgin Mary

Posted May 14, 2017 2:15 am by Gregory DiPippo

Today, the Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima in Portugal, and the canonization of two of the three young children who received the visions, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Of course, many recent articles about these events have noted that it was also on this day in 1981 that Pope St John Paul II was shot in St Peter’s Square, while moving though the crowds at the weekly papal audience. His Holiness always ascribed the preservation of his life to the direct intervention of Our Lady of Fatima; as a sign of

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