A Pilgrimage to Fatima for 15 Young Russian Catholics
This pilgrimage will strengthen these young Russian Catholics in their faith and give them the opportunity to meet and pray together with thousands of other pilgrims from all over the world. It will be an experience that will remain with them throughout their lives.
This year the Church is celebrating the hundredth
anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima. It was in the year 1917
that she appeared, on six separate occasions, to three shepherd children there
with an urgent message for the whole world. Before the October revolution in
Russia had even happened, she warned them of the dangers for humankind from
Russia and from atheist communism and revealed to them that prayer, penance and
interior conversion were the only means to prevent wars and disaster from
engulfing the world.
On October 13, 1917, a crowd of over 50,000 people
witnessed a miracle of the sun, in which the sun began to spin on its axis,
then appeared to plunge down towards the earth in a zigzag course before rising
back to its place in the sky again. This year, on May 13, Pope Francis
officially canonized the two youngest visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta, in
ACN, which is also celebrating an anniversary this
year – the 70th anniversary of its foundation – has always been closely
associated with the message of Fatima. For the founder of ACN, Father
Werenfried van Straaten, the message of Fatima was always the guiding principle
and the underlying theme of all his apostolate.
It was in 1942, as a young religious, that he first
heard the message of Fatima and during his lifetime he on several occasions
solemnly consecrated his charity ACN to Our Lady of Fatima. For him it was
obvious that the world was in deadly danger if we failed to heed Our Lady‘s
The “all out rebellion against God” which led to the
Russian Revolution and which was followed by an unprecedented persecution of
the Church, still continues to this day in various forms and in various parts
of the world. ACN is in part a direct response to Our Lady’s appeal for
conversion and a turning back to God.
During this Jubilee year there are initiatives all
over the world for commemorating the message of Fatima. ACN is supporting some
of these, among them a pilgrimage of 50 young Russian Catholics to Our Lady’s
shrine in Fatima. For these young Catholics, who live as a small minority
within their country, the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage to one of the
greatest and most important Marian shrines in the world means a great deal.
This pilgrimage will strengthen these young Russian
Catholics in their own faith and give them the opportunity to meet and pray
together with thousands of other pilgrims from all over the world. It will be
an experience that will remain with them throughout their lives and their
journey of faith. With your help we are supporting this pilgrimage with a total
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