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In Mary's hands

· The Pope entrusts the world to Our Lady of Fatima in St. Peter's Square ·

Mary is the teacher of faith for every Christian. Deeply convinced of this truth, and of the need to turn to Mary at every moment in life, Pope Francis presided over a  Marian Day of prayer held in St. Peter's Square on Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 October.  The gathering took place in the presence of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which was transported to the Vatican for the occasion. The Marian Day of prayer was organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, as part of the Year of Faith.

In the presence of a great crowd of faithful, the Pontiff entrusted all humanity to the blessed Virgin, asking her especially to teach men her “same love of predilection for the little and the poor, for the excluded and the suffering, for sinners and for all those who have lost heart”. The solemn act took place on Sunday morning at the conclusion of the Holy Mass celebrated in front of the Vatican Basilica, on the very day which marks the last Marian apparition to the three shepherd children.

On Saturday afternoon, Pope Francis presided over a prayer gathering at which the seven painful stages of the Virgin's life were retraced through meditation on the “Via Matris”: from the prophecy of Simeon to the deposition of the body of Jesus in the sepulchre on Holy Saturday. The Pope then delivered a catechesis to the faithful on Mary's faith.

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