Pope Francis Will Consecrate His Papacy to Our Lady of Fatima

Pope Francis Will Consecrate His Papacy to Our Lady of Fatima May 7, 2013

Pope Francis will consecrate his petrine ministry to Our Lady of Fatima as part of the program of the International Pilgrimage of May 12/13.

Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal 96 years ago this month. She prophesied the fall of Russia to communism and promised that the way to undo this was to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. Pope John Paul II did this. The results are history.

The shrine at Fatima is a beautiful place. You can feel the holiness of it when you are there. My visit to Fatima was a life-changing experience for me.

I don’t fully understand the implications of what the Holy Father is doing, but I do know that the Holy Spirit moves through Fatima. I’ve felt it myself. I have no reason except my own experiences there and a personal intuition to say this, but I think that the message of Fatima is both on-going and profound. It believe it is especially pertinent as it applies to our problems today.


Our Lady of Fatima chose to appear at a place whose name has both Catholic and Muslim history wrapped around it. I have read that the town is named after a young woman who converted from Islam to Christianity.

I don’t understand Islam enough to comprehend the ramifications of Our Lady’s place within it. But I know she is mentioned in the Koran and that she is respected, perhaps even revered in the Muslim world.

The Mother of God is mother to us all. Through her intervention may we find a way out of this valley of death and war that we are walking now.


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2 responses to “Pope Francis Will Consecrate His Papacy to Our Lady of Fatima”

  1. I’m a very, very recent convert from Islam to Catholic Christianity, and it was Our Lady who drew me. So for me, her presence at Fatima is deeply meaningful, indeed.

    Muslims do respect and, often, revere Mary, called Maryam in Arabic, and Marian pilgrimage sites worldwide draw many Muslims as well as Christians. But, it’s more of a ‘folk practice’ to visit Marian shrines, not an orthodox practice, and I don’t recall hearing any discussion of the significance of the apparition at Fatima as a place with both Muslim and Christian roots. Nor are the messages given at any of the apparitions given any real attention. (I was an English-speaking American convert to Islam nearly a decade ago, and have only had access to English-language sources, so it’s possible the dialogue about Marian shrines and apparitions is richer in parts of the non-English-speaking Muslim world than I am aware of.)

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