Pope Francis prays before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal at a gathering of the faithful to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary on May 12. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley is seen in the bottom right hand corner. (Courtesy photo)
Fatima, Portugal, May 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said that this weekend’s celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima can teach us all about the universal call to holiness and conversion.
“I've always had a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima,” he told CNA, adding that he’s been involved in Portuguese ministry for many years.
“I had a Portuguese parish for 20 years and was bishop of Fall River for 10 years, where half the Catholics are Azorean, and in Boston we have so many Cape Verdians and Brazilians – Portuguese speaking.”
The cardinal was the only U.S. bishop to attend the Feb. 13 festivities surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions in Portugal.
He said that the shrine at Fatima is among his favorite, and said that “it's very moving to be here but especially be here with the Holy Father, for the hundredth anniversary and the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta. It's just an unbelievable occasion.”
Particularly touching for him was the offertory at the canonization Mass, when the gifts were brought up by the family of the young boy whose miraculous healing was attributed to the intercession of two of the Fatima shepherd children, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, paving the way for their canonization.