The World Apostolate of Fatima, England and Wales, offers Visitations of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue and Relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco to Cathedrals, parish churches and other groups.
The follows on from the very successful Visitation programme in the Centenary year, 2017, when the Statue and Relics visiting various Cathedrals abbeys and churches around the country.
During 2018, the Statue and Relics will be visiting Westminster and Arundel and Brighton dioceses.
Below are some testimonies from the Bishops of England and Wales on the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue Visitations to their dioceses and cathedrals.
I pray that the pilgrimage of this statue of Our Lady of Fatima, on its journey round the cathedrals of England and Wales, will be a time of grace for many, as they honour Our Lady of Fatima in this centenary year.
Homily of Cardinal Nichols, Westminster Cathedral, 18th Feb 2017
[The Visitation of the National Pilgrim Virgin] was indeed a wonderful occasion … a very dignified celebration. I was delighted to see so many in the Cathedral and the atmosphere was one of deep devotion and I think it uplifted all of us who attended.
Letter from Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark
I thought the visit to Liverpool was a wonderful occasion and I have heard words of gratitude for the opportunity to visit the Cathedral and to venerate the relics of the newly canonised saints Francisco and Jacinta.
Letter from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool
Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham received our committee in audience before the Mass on the occasion of the Visitation, heard a 10 minute address outlining our work in the Church, and then invited us to send him a report on the Visitations of the National Pilgrim Virgin to the Cathedrals of England & Wales, which he subsequently presented to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation.
My dear Friends at St. George’s, Your school is making history! You are the first, perhaps only, Catholic school in Britain to welcome this beautiful image of the Mother of Christ. For that alone, I thank God and all who have worked hard to make this possible … As you venerate the holy relics of Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco, I pray that Mary our Mother will watch over you, your families and friends. May She guide you to the Heart of Her beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Message from Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, to the Staff and Students of St. George’s College, Southampton
The Bishop has asked that his thanks be passed on to all the members of the committee of the World Apostolate of Fatima. The visit of the Pilgrim Statue brought great blessings to the Cathedral and the Diocese.
Letter from Bishop Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton
I am delighted that you are pleased with the visitation of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the Cathedral of East Anglia.
We were all invigorated by the weekend and thrilled that so many people had the opportunity to celebrate the Centenary and venerate the relics of the two new saints.
Letter from Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia