Rector of the Shrine of Fatima warns that “the Christian cannot close in on himself”


The rector of the Shrine of Fátima, Father Carlos Cabecinhas, warned this Sunday that “the Christian cannot close in on himself, concerned only with achieving his dreams and personal projects.”

Speaking in the homily of the Sunday Mass celebrated in the sanctuary, Carlos Cabecinhas defended that “being a Christian implies making life a generous gift to God and to the brothers”, being “in the day-to-day, in the little nothings, that one lives the we renounce ourselves and a life given to the image of Jesus is manifested, in order to gain full meaning”.

A few hours before the beginning of the September anniversary pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Cova da Iria, the rector stressed that “the cross and suffering are frightening, but to renounce oneself means to renounce selfishness and self-sufficiency”, adding that Jesus “unmasks” the illusion of thinking that happiness is in each one of us closing in on ourselves.

This Sunday, the Shrine is also hosting the seventh pilgrimage of the deaf community in Portugal, which included a morning visit to the temporary exhibition “Os Rostos de Fátima”, on the lower floor of the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, accompanied by interpreters Portuguese sign language.

The first pilgrimage of the deaf community took place in September 2015, attended by about three dozen deaf people and took place two years after the Sanctuary began offering a weekly mass with interpretation in sign language, “as a way to integrate and provide the best conditions for those with special needs,” informed the Sanctuary of Fátima.

Meanwhile, the bishop of Aveiro, António Moiteiro Ramos, presides this Sunday and this Monday at the September International Anniversary Pilgrimage, which marks the fifth apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries Jacinta, Francisco and Lúcia.

The program of celebrations begins at 9.30 pm, at Capelinha das Aparições, with the recitation of the rosary, followed by a procession of candles and the celebration of the word, at the altar in the precinct.

On Monday, after the recitation of the Rosary, at 9:00 am, in the Little Chapel of Apparitions, there is the International Mass, at 10:00 am, in the prayer room, the blessing of the sick and the farewell procession.

“On this pilgrimage, the security and reception rules in force at the Shrine of Fátima are maintained, which are based on what is articulated between the Portuguese Episcopal Conference and the health authorities for the celebration of public worship: the mandatory use of masks, entrances into the enclosure through eight doors; once inside the enclosure, pilgrims must remain in the same place in order to avoid crowding, keeping the physical distance from each other”, informed the Shrine.


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