Our Lady of Fatima Travels to Naperville

Saints Peter and Paul Church recently played host to the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The image of the Virgin Mary, carved in mahogany, was created to depict the six apparitions of the mother of Jesus to three young children in Fatima, Portugal back in 1917.

“The message is to do penance for our sins and the sins of the whole world, and to pray the rosary daily, and also to give devotion to our Blessed Mother’s immaculate heart,” said Paulette Shea, Pastoral Care Coordinator at Saints Peter & Paul Church.

The 40-pound, 42-inch tall statue was created in 1947 by Jose Thedim, after a first statue he made was met with much interest. This second statue has been traveling nonstop since the year of its creation, spreading a message of repentance.

The visit to Saints Peter and Paul was part of a nearly two-year centennial U.S. tour for peace, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sightings.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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