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Brazilian boy's survival of brain injury is Fatima 'miracle'

2017 a priest takes a selfie with a group of nuns before visiting the house where Francisco and Jacinta Marto lived in the village of Aljustrel outside Fatima Portugal. Pope Francis is visiting Brazilian boy's survival of brain injury is Fatima 'miracle'
Christy Curtis | 13 May, 2017, 11:18

Fr. Pereira, who oversees all of the shrine's liturgies, said the presence of silence in Fatima is especially seen and felt during the annual vigil marking Mary's first apparition at the site.

In nearby Fatima, the pontiff's destination, throngs of people in the shrine's huge square erupted in cheers when TV screens showed him stepping off the plane.

Pope Francis is urging Catholics to "tear down all walls" and go to the peripheries to spread peace and justice.

The story of the miracle at Fatima began in 1916, a year before the apparition of the Blessed Mother, when, against the setting of the First World War which had brought Europe to the most awful forms of warfare yet seen, and a year before the Communist revolution would drop Russian Federation and later Eastern Europe into six decades of oppression under militant atheistic governments, an angel appeared to the three children introducing himself as the "angel of peace" and exhorted them to accept the sufferings that the Lord allows them go through and to pray for the conversion of sinners. A guard of honor has lined up on the runway next to the plane.

Disembarking in a nearby stadium, he set off in his "Popemobile" for a journey through town followed closely by hovering helicopters, ending up at the sanctuary where pilgrims from all over the world had been waiting eagerly for hours.

Father Vitor Coutinho, deputy head of the sanctuary of Fatima, said the pope was showing the importance of Fatima to the church by carrying out the canonisation there rather than in Rome, where they are usually done.

"Virgin of Fatima, I ask you for freedom for Venezuela", read a message printed onto a flag carried by a pilgrim, competing with other banners above the crowd of faithful that filled the 400,000-capacity esplanade.

A century ago, three shepherd children claimed to have visions of the Virgin Mary.

Fatima, Portugal (CNA/EWTN News) - "Silence is important, because only in silence can we listen to the Word of God, only in silence can we listen to the whispers of God in our hearts", Fr. Francisco Pereira, chaplain of the Fatima Shrine, told CNA in an interview.

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Many Fatima devotees have rejected that conclusion and say the full secret still hasn't been published. Concrete blocks have been placed on approach roads, to stop any terrorist "ramming" attack with a vehicle.

The Virgin "did not appear to the rich, did not appear to the powerful, did not appear to the influential people, but appeared to children, the ones considered as 'the last of society, to use Pope's terminology as society's 'discarded, '" Parolin said, according to La Stampa.

Tens of thousands of people are gathering in the small town of Fatima in Portugal to see Pope Francis, who is due to arrive for a visit.

On Saturday, two shepherd children from Portugal will officially become saints of the Roman Catholic Church.

All of the students presented the Virgin Mary with a rose.
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According to interpretations of what Lucia revealed much later on, the first secret gave a vision of hell, while the second warned of a second devastating war and the rise of communist Russian Federation.

It described an angel demanding "penance!", then the Pope and other clergy climbing a mountain, only to be killed by soldiers firing bullets and arrows. He is hoping the message of peace that they reported 100 years ago, when Europe was in the throes of World War I, will resonate with the Catholic faithful today.

For days now, church groups, families and individuals have made their way to Fatima, about 150 kilometres north of Lisbon, some on their knees in prayer.

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