Why will Our Lady of Fátima visit Jordan?

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Why will Our Lady of Fátima visit Jordan?

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

As the logistic and the spiritual preparations have been completed this week in various churches in Jordan to welcome the pilgrimage trip, as referred to, of the Statue of Our Lady of Fátima from Portugal, the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan and the en.abouna.org website have the honor to highlight relevant information so as to encourage believers, and those who will participate in the upcoming celebrations , to grasp the significance of these celebrations organized by the CCSM in cooperation with the local vicariates and the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Why will the renowned Statue of Our Lady of Fátima visit Jordan?

The beautiful Statue of Our Lady of Fátima was designed by famous sculptor José Thedim in 1947, under the directives of Sister Lucia herself, who was one of those who witnessed the Marian apparitions in Fátima 102 years ago and stated that she had not seen anything resembling the actual apparition of Virgin Mary. Consequently, the statue depicts the exact image presented by Sister Lucia of the Virgin Mary when she revealed herself to the shepherds in 1917, namely 102 years ago, as the Immaculate Heart.

The Statue of Our Lady of Fátima has two copies. The first one was blessed on May 13, 1947 and dedicated to the pilgrimage trips to the East. This one is scheduled to arrive in Jordan bearing in that it was on a visit to Lebanon four years ago. The second was blessed by the Bishop of Fátima on October 13, 1947, in the presence of hundreds of pilgrims, and was dedicated to conveying the blessings of Virgin Mary to the West.

The statue of Virgin Mary has repeatedly been roaming several parts of the world, over the past 70 years. It was reported that wherever the statue arrived divine graces befall including physical healing (which can only be officially declared by the ecclesiastical authorities) as well as several cases of restored faith and repentance.

The main purpose of the pilgrimage tours of the Statue of Our Lady of Fátima is to highlight the message of Virgin Mary in her apparitions in the Portuguese city of Fátima with regards to hope, peace and salvation. During the visits of the Statue of Our Lady of Fátima to more than 100 countries around the world, millions of people, who did not have the opportunity to go to the grotto of Fátima in Portugal, were able to obtain innumerable spiritual blessings. This is what we hope for during the pilgrimage of a delegation from Portugal, accompanied by of the Statue of Our Lady of Fátima, to the faithful in our beloved Jordan, the land of baptism and the important part of the Holy Land.

O Our Lady of Fátima pray for us!

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