image is from St. John Cantius Church, used with permission.
In 1916, three children in the small village of Fatima, Portugal, had a supernatural encounter with the Angel of Peace. Their names were Lucia dos Santos (age 10), and her cousins Francinsco (age 8) and Jacinta Marto. The Angel encouraged them to pray and make sacrifices as a way of drawing down peace on their country.
At the time, the world was experiencing the weighing down effects of WWI. This prompted Pope Benedict XV to appeal to the Blessed Mother Mary in May of 1917 to intercede for world peace. Mary responded by appearing to the three children on multiple occasions. These apparitions and the miracles and secrets to follow are what make up the miraculous story behind Our Lady of Fatima.
On August 27, 2016, Chicago will be venerating Our Lady of Fatima by taking part in the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima Tour, which marks the 100th year anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions. The tour is a nation-wide call to prayer and penance for peace in our nation and conversion of hearts.
Chicago’s St. John Cantius Church recognizes that prayer is more powerful than any army on earth, and that is why they will be venerating Our Lady of Fatima with prayers and a candlelit procession with the Virgin Statue of Fatima down the streets of Chicago. The church expects hundreds of people from all parts of the Chicagoland area to participate in this holy event.
The statue has visited more than 100 countries, including Russia and China, bringing the great message of salvation and hope, “the peace plan from Heaven,” to countless millions of people. Many miracles and graces have been reported wherever the statue has traveled.
As the third largest city in America, Chicago is in great need of such graces and miracles. Murders were up about 72%, while shootings surged more than 88% in the first three months of 2016 compared with the same period last year. To make matters worse, it has embraced and continues to promote the killing of innocent children, the breakdown and redefinition of marriage, and many other immoral acts.
During one of the apparitions to the three children of Fatima, Mary grew very sad and said to them: “Do not offend the Lord our God anymore, because He is already so much offended.” One can only imagine how sadder she is today.
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Location: St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL
More Information: www.cantius.org