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Marian Day Prayer Vigil: Faith can untangle the 'knots of our souls'


All the way from Portugal, the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima was flown into Rome as part of the Vaticans Marian Day celebrations. Pilgrims welcomed Our Lady with white handkerchiefs as she made her way through St. Peters Square. Pope Francis first greeted her by kissing her feet. During his catechesis he reflected on the power of Marys faith by asking Christians a very direct question.  

"What is our faith like? Like Mary, do we keep it burning even at times of difficulty and darkness? Do I have the joy of faith?”

Using a metaphor he described disobedience and disbelief as knots that tie around one's soul. But those knots said the Pope can be untangled through God's mercy.

"These knots take away our peace and serenity. They are dangerous, since many knots can form a tangle which gets more and more painful and difficult to undo.”

Cardinals and bishops were also present during the Saturday celebration. With Our Lady of Fatima just steps away from the Pope, he encouraged Christians to not see the incarnation of Jesus as something from the past.

"Believing in Jesus means giving Him our flesh with the humility and courage of Mary, so that He can continue to dwell in our midst.”

The weekend celebrations brought about 150,000 people from roughly 50 countries. Aside from this visit, the last time the statue left Portugal was back on October 2000, when John Paul II entrusted the new millennium to Mary.

He felt a strong devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. In fact, he was so convinced that she saved him from his assassination attempt back 1981, that he asked that the bullet be placed on her crown, where it remains to this day.