MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged parishes to lift the lives of the poor by fighting “social injustices,” as he led the centennial celebration of the Fatima apparitions yesterday.
“Buhayin ang katawan ni Hesus, buhayin ang templo Espiritu Santo. Sa tulong ng ating Mahal na Ina, sana magkaroon tayo ng punong silid para sa mga maliliit,” Tagle said in a homily during the Silver Jubilee of the Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Pasay.
Tagle said the real message of Fatima was about humility.
“Ang kaniyang pagdating at pagpapakita, hindi sa matatayog at mayayaman, kundi sa mga simpleng bata, ang mga pastol,” he said.
Around 200 images of Our Lady of Fatima were blessed and distributed after the Eucharistic celebration.
Rommel Clave, a 44-year-old father, said he had experienced miracles as a result of his devotion to the Lady of Fatima.
“Yung mga anak ko hindi [nagkakasakit]. Hindi sila [nasasaktan]. Ako may sakit ako pero pinagagaling niya ako,” he told the Varsitarian.
“Let us pray the rosary as a family. Dapat tayong mga lalaki ang namumuno sa pagdarasal, lalo na tayong mga ama ng tahanan,” he said.
In Valenzuela, Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros led the celebrations at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.
Oliveros, a UST Central Seminary alumnus, called on the faithful to pray the rosary.
“Sa pagdadasal natin ng rosariyo, ipinapahayag natin na buhay si Kristo,” Oliveros said in his homily.
At the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Portugal, Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the three Fatima visionaries.
The two siblings, along with the third seer Sr. Lucia dos Santos who died in 2005, experienced the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary from May to October 1917.
“We can take as our examples Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta, whom the Virgin Mary introduced into the immense ocean of God’s light and taught to adore him,” the Holy Father said.
The Pope stressed the importance of Marian intercession.
“We need but take refuge under the protection of the Virgin Mary and to ask her, as the Salve Regina teaches – show unto us Jesus,” he said.
Jacinta and Francisco Marto were beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1990, the 83rd anniversary of the first Fatima apparition. The canonization came after a Brazilian boy was healed from a serious brain injury through the intercession of the two shepherd children.
In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI waived the five-year waiting period and opened the beatification process for the third visionary, Sr. Lucia.