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In the News: May 6, 2017

By Michael Duricy

Read recent items about Mary in both Catholic and secular news. Also see International Marian Research Institute news and updates.

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The Cause of Adele de Batz Trenquelleon

Brother John Samaha, S.M., informed us that Pope Francis has declared Mother Adele de Trenquelleon, Blessed Adele. Her feast day is January 10. She is the Foundress of the Marianist Sisters--the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (F.M.I.). She founded the Daughters of Mary Immaculate in Agen, France, 1816. Click here for more information in English or in French.

Mary in Media: Books, Films, Music, etc.

New CD on The Secret of Mary now Available

Saint Joseph Communications recently made available a one-hour CD called The Secret of Mary. This talk explores what St. Louis de Montfort called "the Secret of Mary"--our call to deep, profound intimacy with "the woman" whose womb became the meeting place of heaven and earth. After unfolding the mystical meaning of various titles the Church gives Mary, it concludes with an illuminating meditation on the virtually unknown mysteries of St. Juan Diego's tilma, the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This presentation includes a bonus musical track, At Your Gate by Mike Mangione and the Union.
Click here for more information or to order.


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John Samaha, S.M., sent us the information below from Monsignor Frank Cilia.

Information about Plenary Indulgence on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima Apparitions

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, a one-year Jubilee began on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016, at the Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima in Portugal, and will continue until November 26, 2017. Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage to the shrine on May 12-13, 2017, on the anniversary of the first apparition to Lucía Santos and Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto at the Cova da Iria. 

The Apostolic Penitentiary has granted a plenary indulgence for the centennial anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. An English translation of the decree was released by the basilica shrine:

"The plenary indulgence of the jubilee is granted:

a) to the faithful who visit the Shrine of Fatima in pilgrimage and devotedly participate in a celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the Symbol of Faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima; 

b)  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 honor of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the Symbol of Faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima; 

c)  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 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.” 

Parishes and oratories may consider placing a statue of Our Lady of Fatima for public veneration throughout the year, or at least on the six anniversary dates (May 13, June 13, July 13, August 13, September 13, and October 13).

In particular, the 100th anniversary of the first apparition on May 13 should be celebrated at parishes and oratories named in honor of Our Lady of Fatima with greater festivity, as it is also the titular solemnity for those places. Although obligatory or optional memorials occur on the other anniversary dates, except for October 13, a Votive Mass of Our Lady of Fatima could be celebrated for the pastoral advantage of the people, if the pastor or other priest celebrant judges it suitable (see General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 376).

Those wishing to learn more about the basilica shrine, especially if making a pilgrimage, may visit their website at In addition, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima is in the middle of a two- year tour of parishes throughout the United States, sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima U.S.A. More information on dates and locations can be found at

More important than the actual apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary are her profound messages for the People of God. At Fatima, Our Lady asked men and women of good will to pray for peace, especially through the Rosary and by greater devotion to her Immaculate Heart. Celebrating her appearances to three humble shepherd children, the Church continues its fervent prayers for a just and lasting peace throughout the world:

O God, who chose the Mother of your Son to be our Mother also, grant us that, persevering in penance and prayer for the salvation of the world, we may further more effectively each day the reign of Christ. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

N.B. For related information about solemn expositions of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima that will be held in the Dayton area on May 13, 2017 for the plenary indulgence made available for this centennial year click here.


Marian Events

International Fatima Conference

Date: May 19, 2017 (6:45-9:45 pm), May 20, 2017 (8:45 am - 6:30 pm)

Location: Shearwater Hotel-Ballinasloe Galway

With the Pilgrim Statue of Of Our Lady from Fatima and the first-class relics of Saint John Paul II. Archbishop Eamon Martin will be the main celebrant and homilist at Noon Mass on May 20. Activities will include: Investiture with the Scapular; Consecration; Benediction; Holy Mass; and Recitation of the Rosary. Delegates have the opportunity to earn a Plenary Indulgence. Click here for more information or to pre-register.


Mary in the Catholic Press

For Mary's Month of May, Pope Suggests 'Simple,' 'Effective' Praying of Rosary (Zenit) May 3, 2017

For Mary’s month of May, Pope Francis has recommended the "simple and effective" prayer of the rosary.

At his weekly General Audience this morning, May 3, 2017, Francis gave pilgrims in St. Peter's Square this advice: "At the beginning of May, let us invoke the heavenly intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus."

During his greetings to Polish pilgrims, the Pope invited the crowd to applaud the Virgin Mary "Queen of Poland" on the day of the national holiday.

While to young people, Francis urged, "learn to pray with the simple and effective prayer of the rosary," to sick people, he encouraged, "may the Blessed Virgin be your support in the trial of suffering."

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Mary in the Secular Press

The director and editors of All About Mary under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature. Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.

Pope Francis Grants Plenary Indulgence for Fatima Centennial (World Apostolate of Fatima website) December 7, 2016

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, from November 27, 2016 until November 26, 2017.

There are three ways to obtain the indulgence, detailed in a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal.

To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father....

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