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Old 5th May 2010, 02:38 PM
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The Pope's visit to Fatima is May 11 to 14.
http://zenit.org/article-29144?l=english

"The Holy Father will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the beatification of the little shepherds Jacinta and Francisco Marto who, together with their cousin Lucia dos Santos, who died in 2005, were the witnesses of Our Lady's apparitions in 1917."
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Old 5th May 2010, 10:29 PM
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It has been 5 years since the passing of Pope John Paul 2 and Sister Lucy.

Ron, do you think there is any chance the Pope might declare one or both a saint on the 13th when he visits Fatima?
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Old 6th May 2010, 11:42 AM
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It has been 5 years since the passing of Pope John Paul 2 and Sister Lucy.

Ron, do you think there is any chance the Pope might declare one or both a saint on the 13th when he visits Fatima?

I don't think so, but he is able to declare someone a Saint apart from the usual process.
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Old 6th May 2010, 06:10 PM
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http://www.catholicnews.com/data/sto...ns/1001896.htm

In Portugal, pope will address spiritual and political challenges


The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is seen in the Chapel of Apparitions at Fatima in this 2005 file photo. (CNS/Paul Haring)


By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's four-day visit to Portugal will focus on spiritual, political and economic questions seen as crucial for the country and the rest of modern Europe.

The May 11-14 trip is first of all a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Fatima, where three young shepherd children had visions of Mary in 1917. In the pope's view, Mary's appearances in human history are an important sign for the church and the world, a much-needed invitation to conversion.

On a political level, the German pontiff will visit Portugal at a time when cultural change is challenging the country's Catholic identity. Most specifically, the country appears poised to legalize same-sex marriage, but on a broader level, church leaders are concerned about erosion of traditional moral values, especially among the young.

Finally, the pope's visit coincides with an economic downturn in Portugal that has threatened to make it the next crisis zone in the European Union. The pope will have an opportunity to revisit one of his favorite themes: European unity built solely on financial interests is bound to fail.

The schedule in Portugal is a demanding one for the 83-year-old pope, with 17 major events and at least 11 speeches. His busiest day, May 12, will include separate meetings in Lisbon with cultural leaders and Prime Minister Jose Socrates, followed by a helicopter trip to Fatima for events that will last well into the night.

On May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the pope will celebrate Mass outside the shrine and afterward go inside to visit the tombs of the three shepherd visionaries. His visit marks the 10th anniversary of the beatification of two of the seers, Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

There has been speculation that during the visit that the pope may announce the future beatification of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, the only one of the Fatima visionaries to survive to adulthood. She died in 2005 and two years ago the pope lifted the normal five-year waiting period to begin her canonization process.

As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican's top doctrinal official, the pope was often a voice of caution when it came to apparitions and supernatural messages. In 2000, however, he played a central role when the Vatican published the so-called third secret of Fatima; Cardinal Ratzinger said the secret, written down by Sister Lucia after Mary's appearances, made sense as a symbolic prophecy of the church's 20th-century struggles against evil political systems.

The future pope at that time described such apparitions as "interior visions" that were not mere fantasy and that reflected Mary's continuing role in the church: that of intervening in support of the saving mission of her son. These are typically fleeting appearances to humble people, he said, and they rely on powerful symbolic images and language rather than "lengthy speeches."

In Fatima, the pope is expected to talk about the relevance of such visions in modern society. He will also pray for his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who believed that Mary had saved his life after he was shot May 13, 1981 -- the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

Pope Benedict will begin his visit in Lisbon, the capital, where he will be welcomed by President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who will later host the pope for private talks. Silva, a Catholic, is in a tough political spot. He must decide by May 19 whether to veto a same-sex marriage bill approved by lawmakers in February.

The pope has made it clear that he sees such legislation as part of Europe's moral unraveling and as an attack on the natural order of creation. Speaking to diplomats in January, he denounced "laws or proposals which, in the name of fighting discrimination, strike at the biological basis of the difference between the sexes."

Portuguese Social Democrats, led by Prime Minister Socrates, say they have enough votes to override a presidential veto on the same-sex marriage law.

About 90 percent of Portugal's population professes Catholicism, but the church's declining influence in public policy was seen in 2007, when abortion was legalized. The country's dropping birth rate, one of the lowest in the world, also worries church leaders.

Portuguese bishops are looking to the pope to help the church reclaim its rightful voice in the public arena and to fire up the troops -- the church's pastoral workers. In one important and somewhat unusual encounter, the pope will address Catholics who work in the church's social programs, offering him a chance to preach his message that Christianity is essentially love of God and love of neighbor, expressed in concrete actions.

Portugal's economic problems have already triggered austerity measures and a series of strikes, as well as resentment over the expected dip in the standard of living. The larger questions being raised in Greece, Portugal and Spain concern the future of the European Union itself.

Pope Benedict has long maintained that Europe's newfound unity will not survive on economics alone. He has also criticized the trend toward denying the Judeo-Christian roots of European culture.

As the pope said in 2007: "One cannot think about building a 'common European home' ignoring the identity of the people of our continent. In fact, it is a matter of a historical, cultural and moral identity, even more than a geographical, economic and political one."

If, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, the recent economic woes have placed the future of the European Union at stake, one can expect the pope to weigh in at this critical juncture.

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Old 6th May 2010, 07:02 PM
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Good article.

Please link to articles, and perhaps quote from portions of the article, but do not post the entire article. There are copyright issues with this type of post. It is better to have a link and comments, or to only quote part of the article.
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Will do
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Pope Benedict XVI's interest in the Virgin Mary
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+...10-215260.html

Portugal opens airports for Pope visit
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id...onid=351020605

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Old 11th May 2010, 03:48 PM
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Default Third Secret of Fatima

About the Third Secret, the Pope said:

With regard to this great vision of the suffering of the popes, beyond the circumstances of John Paul II, other realities are indicated which over time will develop and become clear. Thus itís true that beyond the moment indicated in the vision, one speaks about and sees the necessity of suffering by the church. Itís focused on the person of the pope, but the pope stands for the church, and therefore sufferings of the church are announced. The church will always be suffering in various ways, up to the end of the world. The important point is that the message of Fatima in its substance is not addressed to particular situations, but a fundamental response: permanent conversion, penance, prayer, and the three cardinal virtues: faith, hope and charity. One sees there the true, fundamental response the church must give, which each of us individually must give, in this situation.
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The Pope's visit to Portugal began yesterday:
http://zenit.org/article-29221?l=english

His second volume about Jesus will be available soon.
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/ne...to-publishers/
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Old 13th May 2010, 10:56 PM
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Smile The visit is being a complete success

I live in Portugal and I can tell you that the Pope's visit is being a complete success!

Portuguese are marveling at discovering the true character of the Pope, not the distorted image formerly depicted by the media.

The media itself changed dramatically, in the good sense, of course: coverage is being quite good and positive, also thanks to the great job done by the Churches's papal visit organizing staff, which provided media with lots of good material, news and suggestions of good commentators. It was apparent during the days previous to the visit, how the frequently release of small news, "curiosities", etc, about the visit and its preparation served as a warm-up for the visit. It seems that if you feed well the media with positive news, they will not have the need to invent lots of negative material

The celebrations at the capital, Lisbon and at Fatima were completely "sold out" - I will attend the last celebration at Porto tomorrow! do not forget to read the words of the Pope - they are magnificent in addressing all our current society problems!
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