Traveling Fatima statue visits diocese

A carved, wooden image of the Blessed Virgin Mary is making its way west in the United States as part of a Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace.
The World Apostolate of Fatima U.S.A., which is sponsoring the tour, initially wanted the statue to visit 100 dioceses to promote the message of Fatima as part of the Fatima centennial. But when the tour ends in Texas at the end of this year, it will have visited all 50 states and likely over 200 dioceses.
Katie Moran, tour coordinator, said as of early May the statue had already stopped in over 175 dioceses.
“People need to know that she came as a mother to take her children under her arm, so to speak, and just gather them all up,” she said.
The Blessed Virgin came from heaven 100 years ago, Moran said, because of the love she has for us. “She came as a mother realizing the danger her children were in. And she came and brought a peace plan from heaven. And if everyone would do this simple plan…an era of peace would be granted to us in the world.”
The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima is one of two “twin” statues sculpted in 1947 by José Thedim, who Moran described as the Michelangelo of Portugal. The image reflects the precise instructions of Sister Lucia.
Before the centennial tour the statue would visit a diocese for two to three weeks. After the centennial tour, it will return to its regular touring timetable.
The statue, which also stopped at the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Colwich, and Resurrection and Blessed Sacrament parishes in Wichita, will visit Nebraska, Iowa, and North Dakota through May and June.
For more information and for a tour schedule, visit FatimaTourForPeace.com.
A related story appears on page 15 of the print edition.

Want to hear the talks, homily?
A talk, “The Message of Fatima,” in both English and Spanish, as well as Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s homily from the event May 10 are posted available in a podcast at www.WichitaCathedral.com.