We begin with news today from Fatima, where Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Blessed Mother appear in Fatima in 1917, is now one step closer to canonization.
The diocesan phase of the Fatima visionary’s cause concluded the local phase of investigation into her life and holiness last week in the Carmelite convent of St. Teresa in Coimbra, where she resided until her death in 2005 at the age of 97.
Bishop Virgilio Antunes of Coimbra formally closed the investigation in a ceremony which included the sealing of 15,000 pages of evidence and witness testimonies detailing the life of Sister Lucia. The documents are now being shipped to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.
Now, after a thorough review of the materials and a judgment that Sister Lucia heroically lived the Christian virtues, her cause will still require the recognition of two miracles attributed to her intercession -- one for beatification and another for canonization.
And let’s hope those miracles are recognized soon.
Speaking of Fatima, the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Portugal in 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions of Fatima. The Pope accepted the invitation made by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and the bishops of Portugal. He will go on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima from May 12-13.
This Papal pilgrimage will mark the anniversary of the Marian apparitions, which first began on May 13, 1917, when three shepherd children reported seeing the Virgin Mary, Sister Lucia dos Santos included.
Pope Francis will be the fourth pontiff to visit the Marian shrine, following the footsteps of Blessed Paul VI, Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, who each paid homage on different years to Mary on the anniversary of the first apparition May 13. You can be sure that we’ll bring you special coverage of this special event.
Lastly, we had the great pleasure of hosting teachers from the Toronto Catholic District School Board last Friday for their Professional Development day.
Over 25 teachers came to our studios for a day of presentations on Pope Francis, the Church, Young People and Media Today, a tour of our new studios and Mass.
Check out what a few of the teachers had to say about the day.
That is all that we have time for today on this Tuesday February 21st. From all of us here at the Salt + Light studios, we thank you for joining us and
we’ll see you all again tomorrow.