Friday, April 28, 2017

The Jubilee Year of Fatima

Written by  Fr. Deyre Azcuna

 We are fast approaching the month of May, wherein we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Mother to three children – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Blessed Francisco and Jacinta may be canonized within this Jubilee Year of Fatima as the Holy Father Pope Francis has accepted and approved the needed miracle for their canonization. We also pray for the beatification of Sr. Lucia also within this blessed jubilee year.

In order to worthily celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Apparitions of Fatima, by the mandate of Pope Francis, a Jubilee Year has been granted, with the inherent plenary indulgence, from November 27th, 2016 to November 26th, 2017.

A plenary indulgence of the jubilee is also granted:

  1. to the faithful who visit the Shrine of Fatima in pilgrimage and devotedly participate in a celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the symbol of faith (the Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
  2. to the pious faithful who visit with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly displayed for public veneration in any Temple, Oratory or adequate place, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions (the 13th of each month, from May to October 2017), and devotedly participate there in any celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the symbol of faith (the Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
  3. to the faithful who, due to their age, disease or other serious reason, are impeded of moving, if, repentant of all their sins and having the firm intention of performing, as soon as possible, the three conditions mentioned below, in front of a small image of Our Lady of Fatima, spiritually unite in the days of the apparitions to the jubilee celebrations, offering with trust to God who is all-merciful, through Mary, their prayers and pains, or the sacrifices of their own lives.  

To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful, truly penitent and animated with charity, must ritually fulfill the following conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.

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