John Paul to Entrust Third Millennium To Our Lady of Fatima
Pope John Paul II will entrust the Third Millennium to Our Lady of
Fatima on October 8 according to a March 22 statement by Secretary
General of the Vatican Jubilee Committee Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe.
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima from the Chapel of the Apparitions
at the Fatima sanctuary in Portugal will be brought to St. Peter's
Basilica in Rome for the special event. Bishops from around who will
be in Rome for the Jubilee Year are expected to participate in the
entrustment that will be made at the end of an October 8 Mass in St.
Archbishop Sepe said on Vatican Radio that he thought the presence of
the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St. Peter's and the entrustment
ceremony "will be one of the most moving Marian events of the whole
Jubilee." The archbishop noted that the statue will arrive in Rome a
few days before the ceremony "so that all the faithful who wish to
venerate her may be able to do so," he said.
Archbishop Sepe confirmed that Pope John Paul had accepted the Bishop
of Leiria-Fatima's invitation to beatify Venerables Jacinta and
Francisco Marto at the Fatima sanctuary on May 13