Ta’ Pinu Pilgrimage to celebrate Marian Day with the Pope in Rome
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At the wish of the Pope, on the 12th and 13th of October 2013, Marian Day will be held in Rome, the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announced recently.
This special celebration in honor of Mary, Mother of the Church, just a few weeks before the end of the Year of Faith, has the theme “Blessed are you because you are believed” and representatives are invited from Marian Sanctuaries of the world, including the National Sanctuary of Ta ‘Pinu in Gozo.For this special occasion during the Marian month of October, the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be taken to Rome, with the reception in St. Peter’s Square on Saturday evening in the presence of the Pope and then it will be later taken to Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy with a vigil of prayer ‘With Mary during the Night.’
On Sunday morning Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in St Peter’s Square.
The Statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, venerated in the Little Chapel of Apparitions, will be brought to Rome on October 12/13 to be present at the Marian Day promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.
On October the 13th, next to the Statue of Our Lady, Pope Francis will make the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Marian Day is one of the great pontifical events marked down on the calendar of celebrations of the Year of Faith which will bring to Rome hundreds of movements and institutions connoted with Marian devotion.
In a letter addressed to Bishop Antonio Marto, of Leiria-Fatima, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Cardinal Rino Fisichella, informs that “all ecclesial entities of Marian spirituality” are invited to take part in this Marian day, a gathering which includes, on the 12th, a pilgrimage to the tomb of Apostle St. Peter and other moments of prayer and meditation and on the 13th, a Mass presided over by Pope Francis, in St. Peter’s Square.
In that letter, Cardinal Fisichella wrote, “The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.”
Therefore, the Statue of Our Lady will depart from the Shrine of Fatima on the morning of October 12 and return on the afternoon of October 13, scheduled to take its place in the Little Chapel of Apparitions is the first Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which is enthroned in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary since December 8, 2003.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ta ‘Pinu will represented by a group of 54 pilgrims led by the Rector Fr Gerard Buhagiar. It will be the only representation from the islands for this important event.
The group, which will include youth, adults, seniors and even disable priests will carry the standard of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu.
The Ta’ Pinu Marian Pilgrimage in Rome on the occasion of Our Lady of Fátima’s statue visit at the Vatican, will take place between the 10th and 15th of October 2013 and will visit The Vatican, Rome, Divino Amore Sanctuary, Loreto and Pompei.
Photographs – The T-shirt and cap logos for the Marian Pilgrimage.