8.49 Why are there so many different images of Mary? What is the use of all these sanctuaries?
Francisco and Jacinta were herding their sheep when Mary appeared to them near Fatima in Portugal. She returned monthly to speak to them between May and October that year. The children became saints because of their simple but deep faith, strengthened by Mary’s prayer.
Fatima became a place of pilgrimage. All around the world there are sanctuaries like this, where people come to pray fervently for their intentions. And they can be certain that Mary will pray with them to Jesus, that they may receive what God desires for them.