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For the Catholic Church in Georgia, the current pastoral year is a special one: it has been consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima, who appeared in 1917 to three shepherd children in Fatima, entrusting them with messages of great importance for the fate of the Church and the world. Her main message was that mankind must convert and cease to offend God. Our Lady told the children that through prayer and penance, we can help save the world from great catastrophe. These apparitions were confirmed by the “miracle of the sun,” which occurred on October 13, 1917 and was witnessed by tens of thousands of people. They are now officially recognized by the Catholic Church. Since then, one of the Church’s greatest shrines was built in Fatima, and it has been visited by a number of Popes on several occasions.
As part of this Year of Fatima, which was proclaimed by the local Catholic Church, a traveling Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will visit all of the country’s 35 Catholic parishes. This will be a source of great joy for the approximate 50,000 Catholics in Georgia, who represent only a small minority in an overwhelmingly Orthodox population. They are also hoping that these visits by the “Pilgrim Virgin” of Fatima will help to promote mutual understanding and dialogue with their Orthodox brothers and sisters, who are warmly invited to participate.
It is not only in these more solemn moments that the Catholic Church in Georgia plans to commemorate the Marian year, but also by offering a range of new initiatives aimed at strengthening the faith of the people and helping them shape their lives according to the faith. Programs include a Bible-based study session for 200 participants, marriage preparation and family-centered activities, and a Catholic summer camp for young couples. It is especially important for families to know that they are held in special consideration by the Church and can play an active role in it.
ACN has offered to fund this work with a contribution of $7,100.
Will you join us in supporting the Church’s Family Commission during this Year of Fatima in Georgia?
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