FATIMA STATUE RETURNED TO PORTUGAL AFTER ROME
VATICAN, (CWNews.com) -- The famous statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which had been brought to
Rome for the Jubilee for bishops and the prayer entrusting the world to Mary's care, began a return
trip to Portugal on October 9.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, presided at a formal ceremony before the
statute was taken back to the airport in Rome for the return flight.
After the formal ceremony of October 8, at which Pope John Paul II led 1,500 bishops in praying
before the statue for Mary's protection, the Fatima statue was taken inside St. Peter's Basilica, then
returned to the Square for the recitation of the Rosary in the evening. During the Holy Year, the
Rosary is prayed in St. Peter's Square every evening; for this occasion, Pope John Paul II led the
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