‘Fatima Tour for Peace’ to take place at archdiocese parishes

Pope Francis touches a statue of Our Lady of Fatima after praying in front of it during his general audience in 2015 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima May 12-13. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis touches a statue of Our Lady of Fatima after praying in front of it during his general audience in 2015 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima May 12-13. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Record Staff Report

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal, several parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville will hold special Masses this month.

The International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will visit several churches in the archdiocese as part of the Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace. The tour is a “nationwide call to prayer and penance for peace in our nation and conversion of hearts,” a news release said.

The statue will be on display for public veneration at the following locations:

April 20 — St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky. Mass will begin at 8 a.m. and the rosary will follow.

April 20 — Holy Trinity Church in Fredericktown, Ky. Adoration will be held from 1 p.m to 6 p.m. and Mass will begin at 6:30 p.m.

April 21 — St. Martha Church, 2825 Klondike Lane. Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. and the rosary will follow. There will also be an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation following Mass. The rosary will be prayed on the hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Litany of Mary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m., and there will be a closing Mass at 7 p.m.

Portuguese shepherd children Lucia dos Santos, center, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, are seen in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima. (CNS photo/EPA)

Portuguese shepherd children Lucia dos Santos, center, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, are seen in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima. (CNS photo/EPA)

April 22 — St. Louis Bertrand Church, 1104 S. Sixth Street. Masses will be celebrated at noon and 4:15 p.m. Confessions and adoration will begin at 11 a.m. (There will be a private wedding from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

In honor of the centennial, Pope Francis has granted the opportunity for the faithful to obtain a plenary indulgence by making a pilgrimage to venerate the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

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