PITTSBURG — A special guest, a Our Lady of Fatima statue, visited Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Tuesday and Wednesday.
The statue is one out of six statues blessed by Pope Francis and is the Centennial Pilgrim image of Fatima.
She is working her way to several diocese in the United states, “to celebrate Our Ladies 100 year anniversary of her apparition,” Sister Clara Kelly said. This is part of a three-year pilgrimage which will end in Dec. 2019.
The purpose of Fatima’s travels across the United States is to spread her message of restoring peace in the world and family life, Kelly said.
During Fatima’s visit, parishioners, including St. Mary’s-Colgan students, were able to visit her at the church. They were given an Our Lady of Mt. Carmel scapular as they left.
“When we look at our secular media and even our trials at the church sometimes it discourages it us, sometime we could think things are so bad, but when you travel with the Virgin Mary, you see everywhere you go the faith is very alive,” Kelly, who has been traveling with Fatima said. “Everywhere you go you see God is working and hope is strong and Our Lady and Our Lord are not abandoning us with our pain and pave the way for peace if we respond, which many are doing.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.