A Mass is held in Fatima, Portugal, on Oct. 13 to celebrate the apparitions of the Virgin Mary. (Photo courtesy of Fatima Shrine)
A group of 80 South Korean pilgrims traveled to Portugal for an event to celebrate the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, celebrated Mass at the Fatima Shrine on Oct. 13 after being invited to Portugal by Cardinal Antonio Marto, the bishop of Leiria-Fatima.
The main event was held in the Chapel of Apparitions, the site where Mary is said to have appeared in 1917 in front of three shepherd children.
“Mother Mary told us to pray for those who are atheist when she appeared in Fatima. This means that Mother Mary in Fatima is asking us to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Cardinal Yeom said in his homily.
“I’m happy that World Youth Day in 2022 will be held in Portugal. I hope many young people will participate in the event to be apostles of peace.”
A rosary for world peace was dedicated in Myeong-dong Cathedral, while the Diocese of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina prayed for the North Korea Church at the same time.
The committee for communications of the Archdiocese of Seoul and the Catholic Peace Broadcasting Corporation organized the pilgrimage to Portugal.
Pilgrim Francisco We said: “Today was the best day in my life. I’ve got the best birthday present because today is my birthday.”
Another pilgrim, Anne Won, said that during the pilgrimage she “got to know that Mother Mary was always holding me.”
Matthew Lee, the youngest of the pilgrims, said he had prayed rosaries for 54 days with his mother before they started the pilgrimage.